Johnny Vegas joins Cohen comedy

Published Tuesday, 10 June 2014
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Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas has signed on to appear in Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy film Grimsby.

Johnny Vegas joins Cohen comedy
Johnny Vegas will feature in new comedy Grimsby. (© Getty)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pirates Of The Caribbean's Ian McShane and Homeland star David Harewood have also been signed up for the spoof spy film, as has American actress Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her Oscar-nominated role in the 2009 film Precious.

The Bond-inspired comedy - co-written and produced by Baron Cohen - sees the Ali G star play a reformed football hooligan forced to go on the run with his brother - a suave secret agent played by Mark Strong.

The film is being made by Louis Leterrier, who directed Baron Cohen's wife Isla Fisher in illusionist crime thriller Now You See Me.

The roles for the new cast members have not been revealed at this stage.

While comic Vegas has appeared in several sitcoms, including Benidorm on UTV, and in modest British films such as Kinky Boots and The Harry Hill Movie, this will be his first role in a big budget production.

Fellow UK actor McShane will also be seen in Brett Ratner's Hercules opposite Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, while Harewood is due to appear in films SuperBob and Free In Deed, following his departure from hit drama Homeland.

Sidibe most recently appeared in TV show American Horror Story.

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