Sacha Baron Cohen as ‘The Dictator': First Look (Photo)

“Borat” actor is back with a beard in new movie about a despot abroad

No, Michael Richards hasn't joined ZZ Top; the above image is actually the first official photo of "Borat" funny man Sacha Baron Cohen in character for his upcoming movie "The Dictator."

The film, directed by Larry Charles, follows a despot who, after being replaced by a lookalike, seeks out a new life in New York City. The story is inspired by "Zabibah and the King," a romance novel purportedly written by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Co-starrring Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley, "The Dictator" opens on May 11, 2012.

Does this new look match up to Sacha Baron Cohen's previous personae? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Image via Huffington Post