Sacha Baron Cohen joins Johnny Depp in the cast of Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD

It’s no longer just a rumor–Variety reports today that Sacha Baron Cohen will appear in Tim Burton’s film of the Stephen Sondheim musical SWEENEY TODD; Cohen will play Signor Adolfo Pirelli, a rival barber to Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. Cohen joins a cast that includes Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd and Helena Bonham Carter as Todd’s accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. BORAT, Sacha Baron Cohen’s previous film, topped the box office for two weeks in November; he has also appeared in TALLADEGA NIGHTS and the animated film MADAGASCAR.

SWEENEY TODD starts filming at Pinewood Studios outside London in February 2007, with an expected release date in December 2007.