A well-timed stunt casting or just pure coincidence?
Just days following the major revelation that Megan Fox was fired from the “Transformers” franchise for her comments equating director Michael Bay to Hitler, the star has landed a new role: in a film called “The Dictator.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox, who in 2009 was fired at the behest of Steven Spielberg after saying Bay “wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is,” will take a small role in the Sacha Baron Cohen dark comedy, which is based on a book by Saddam Hussein. No word yet on what exactly it is she’ll be doing.
John C. Reilly will also have a small role in the film.
Fox just wrapped the Kristen Wiig-Adam Scott dramedy, “Friends With Kids,” and is scheduled to support in Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” followup, “This is Forty,” starring Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd.
The box office returns haven’t been very kind to Fox since the “Transformers” dismissal; her Diablo Cody-written “Jennifer’s Body” was a financial dud in 2009, while comic book adaptation “Jonah Hex” flopped in 2010. Most recently, her indie film “Passion Play” was so terribly reviewed that it received just a few week run in two theaters before being banished to DVD, taking in just $3669.
For more on the new role, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.