Sacha Baron Cohen courting ‘The Lesbian’

Par pic inspired by tale of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao

Sacha Baron Cohen will develop “The Lesbian” for Paramount Pictures, a story inspired by Cecil Chao, the Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65 million to any man who succeeded in marrying his lesbian daughter.

The pic is seen as a starring vehicle for Baron Cohen, who would produce through his Four By Two shingle. No writers are yet attached.

Chao’s offer made international headlines last week following reports that his daughter had a French church bless her relationship with her longtime girlfriend.

Pic is the second that Baron Cohen has set up at the studio since he signed his first-look deal with the studio back in May. As Variety first reported, Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston sold an untitled pitch to Par that follows a James Bond-like spy forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.

The WME-repped Baron Cohen, was most recently seen in Paramount’s “The Dictator,” which has grossed $175 million globally and can be seen next in Universal’s “Les Miserables.”

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