It’s been a couple of years since we last heard about Sacha Baron Cohen’s plans for a movie called The Lesbian. Many thought the film had been abandoned, but it’s turns out it’s still alive and not just that – it’s a musical! That certainly helps explain why it’s taking so long to develop.
Talking to JoBlo recently, Cohen said, “I’m developing a musical called The Lesbian at the moment, which is based on the true story of a billionaire whose daughter tells him she’s getting married to a woman and he offers $65 million to any man who can turn her straight. It’s a true story, but we’re doing the twist on it.”
The movie will be loosely based on the true story of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who offered a hefty $65 million reward to any man who marries his daughter, even though she’s a lesbian who lives in France with her wife (and has even has the relationship blessed by a French church).
One of the more interesting things about the tale is that Cecil Chao has never even married himself, so it’s not like he’s an avid believer in the institution, it appears he just doesn’t want his offspring to be gay. It’s also known that despite the massive dowry, his daughter remains on good terms with him.
Sacha Baron Cohen is looking to play the billionaire father, so it’s likely there’ll be some racial changes from real life to the movie.