Penelope Cruz

Briefly: The latest Sacha Baron Cohen movie has a talented new addition, as his comedy Grimsby has just recruited Penelope Cruz.

Unlike some of Baron Cohen’s other films, Grimsby is a scripted film about a soccer hooligan whose brother is a secret agent. He co-wrote the script and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing. Baron Cohen plays the hooligan, obviously, and Mark Strong is his brother. Also in the cast: Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson and Gabourey Sidibe.

The Wrap reported the news of Cruz’s likely involvement. She’s currently in talks. As for her role, they say it’s most likely a supporting role as a “Femme fatale.”

Grimsby is scheduled for release July 31, 2015. It’s now filming.

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