Apr 25, 2014

Tradecraft: Mark Strong Spies WIth Sacha Baron Cohen (UPDATED)

For a change, frequent villain Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Zero Dark Thirty) will be playing a good guy spy in Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier's spy comedy Grimsby... though probably an annoyed good guy. Deadline reports that Strong has been cast as Baron Cohen's brother. Strong is a superspy, and Baron Cohen (Borat) is his idiotic football hooligan sibling. The odd couple pair are forced to go on the run together, and comedy ensues. Though he usually plays baddies, I actually much prefer Strong when he plays good guys (or sort of good guys), like in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He was also very good sending up his villainous image in a recent Jaguar commercial, so I look forward to seeing him in a comedy! Grimsby is scheduled to open in the U.S. on July 31, 2015.

UPDATE: In a separate story, Deadline adds that Annabelle Wallis, who played Ian Fleming's ill-fated WWII girlfriend Muriel Wright in the BBC miniseries Fleming, will co-star. Wallis' other spy credits include Strike Back, Pan-Am, Body of Lies and X-Men: First Class.

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