Today Paramount Pictures announced that its upcoming summer release, The Dictator, will now be released on May 16, 2012.
The film, which gained buzz when star Sacha Baron Cohen arrived at the Oscars in character and presumably spilt ashes on Ryan Seacrest during his red carpet interview, was originally scheduled for a May 11, 2012 release. The move is said to give the comedy more distance from expected blockbuster Dark Shadows, which stars Johnny Depp. Trailers for Dark Shadows have shown a much broader comedy appeal than was originally expected. The move is smart on Parmaount's part as their fear of saturating the comedy market was right on target.
The Dictator co-stars Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Megan Fox, and Ben Kingsley. The film is currently not rated, though an R-rating is expected,