Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy ‘Grimsby’ gets 2015 release date

Spy spoof to open in US cinemas on July 31, 2015

Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new comedy Grimsby will be released in 2015, it has been revealed.

Deadline says that Sony have confirmed a US opening date of July 31, 2015 for the film, which will follow a “James Bond-like spy” as he goes on the run with his long-lost brother, described as a “moronic soccer hooligan”. Both parts will be played by the Ali G actor, with a script that was co-written with his Borat partner Peter Baynham and Philomena‘s Phil Johnston.

The film, which was originally set to be released by Paramount, will be directed by Louis Leterrier, with production expected to begin this summer. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed.

Baron Cohen, who starred in The Dictator in 2012 and also featured alongside Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, was originally set to play Queen singer Freddie Mercury in a biopic of the frontman’s life.

However, he quit the project last summer (2013), with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor subsequently admitting they didn’t think the actor was right for the role as they didn’t want the film to “be a joke”. Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw will now take on the leading role instead.