Sacha Baron Cohen is set to star in “Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill,” the fact-based story of a Hasidic Jew and a grizzled rock musician who form a band.
“Mean Girls” scribe Tina Fey wrote the script; Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing.
Plan is for Cohen to play Curly Oxide, the rock moniker adopted by a young Hasidic Jew who wandered into the Brooklyn bar where a drunken Vic Thrill played his raucous rock. The duo headed to Thrill’s recording studio and began laying down tracks that mixed their musical styles with playful lyrics.
Jill Messick is shepherding for Michaels.
Project got its spark when Fey, the head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and co-anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update,” heard a segment about the duo on National Public Radio. Before “Mean Girls” became a sleeper hit, she had made a script commitment with the studio and Michaels. “Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill” filled the slot in that deal.
Cohen, who made a splash via his HBO creation “Da Ali G Show,” is fast building a feature profile. He starred in the Larry Charles-directed “Borat,” based on his character creation, the boorish Kazakhstani journalist. Cohen also starred alongside Will Ferrell in the Adam McKay-directed NASCAR comedy for Columbia Pictures, and he is aligned to “Dinner for Schmucks,” a remake of French pic “Le Diner de cons.”