Word is out that Penelope Cruz will join Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming spy comedy Grimsby, set in a small English town of the same name. Baron Cohen is known for his humorously offbeat films, and this movie appears to be more of the same.
The storyline follows a stereotypical James Bond-type character (played by Mark Strong), who is forced to hide out in his hometown. While there, a new assignment leads him to team up with his brother (Baron Cohen), who is described as an English football hooligan.
Cruz will portray a sexy and philanthropic corporate exec who may not be exactly what she seems.
The cast looks to be both provocative and eclectic, with a lineup that includes Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Ian McShane (Deadwood), American Horror Story’s Gabourey Sidibe, and Annabelle Wallis, best known to American audiences for X-Men: First Class.
Baron Cohen’s wife, actress Isla Fisher, will play a supporting role in the film, possibly a sort of comedic vixen. The movie will reunite Fisher with her Now You See Me director, Louis Leterrier, who is set to direct the project.
In addition to his starring role, Baron Cohen will also co-produce the film and write the screenplay, with collaborators Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), and Peter Baynham (Hotel Transylvania).
Shooting in South Africa and the UK this summer, Grimsby is scheduled for release on July 31, 2015.