'Borat 2' will arrive on Amazon Prime before the US election

Ben Arnold
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** FILE ** British actor Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed in his character "Borat" poses for the press near the Eiffel tower in Paris, in this, Oct. 9, 2006, file photo. Cohen tells The Daily Telegraph that he's retiring the clueless Kazakh journalist, as well as his alter ego, aspiring rapper Ali G.  "When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing," the 36-year-old actor-comedian says in the British newspaper's edition on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
Sacha Baron Cohen (Credit: AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Amazon has scooped up the Borat sequel, and will release it ahead of the US presidential election.

According to Deadline, the mockumentary comedy will land on Amazon Prime Video at the end of October, with the election taking place on 3 November.

The relevance of the movie being unveiled prior to the election likely relates to its reported name - Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.

Sacha Baron Cohen as "Borat" during 2006 Cannes Film Festival - Borat Arrives in Cannes at Cannes Beach in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Sacha Baron Cohen at the Borat premiere in Cannes, 2006 (Credit: John Shearer/WireImage)

Further to the clear political intention of the film, a spoof video, narrated by Sacha Baron Cohen's hapless Kazakhstani reporter, appeared online yesterday.

Purporting to be from 'The Republic of Kazakhstan's account, it hails Donald Trump as 'a strong premier who always put America and Kazakhstan first!', as well as saying that he is 'not racist', and saying twice that he 'never had stroke'.

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The release of the movie on Amazon is perhaps also significant considering Trump's adversarial relationship with the company's owner, Jeff Bezos, also the owner of The Washington Post.

It emerged last month that Baron Cohen had filmed the sequel to 2006's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan mostly in secret, and had already screened it to Hollywood executives.

The filming only came to light after a fan spotted the British comedy star filming in Los Angeles and posted a video to TikTok.

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However, Baron Cohen had seemingly been active over the summer too.

In disguise, he made an appearance at a right wing political rally in Washington in June, organised by the militia group the Washington Three Percenters, and succeeded in encouraging the crowd to sing along with a song featuring racist lyrics.

He also tried to prank interview Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani in a separate incident, Giuliani later claiming he called the police.

It's not known whether either footage will appear in the Borat sequel, or whether a second series of his show Who Is America? could be in the offing - though Cohen has previously said he isn’t planning a second series.

In it, he conducted spoof interviews with political figures like Dick Cheney, Roy Moore and Bernie Sanders.