01/02/2008 at 11:00 AM EST
Sacha Baron Cohen is taking his movie career more seriously in the new year – ditching his Borat character
for a political role as 1960s Vietnam War protester Abbie Hoffman.
Baron Cohen is set to earn some $6 million for appearing in The Trial of the Chicago Seven
, a project Steven Spielberg is developing for DreamWorks, London's Sunday Times
The Spielberg picture is about the anti-Vietnam-war protest at the 1968 Democrat party convention that transformed the event into a riot.
Hoffman, who once showered the New York Stock Exchange with fake money, was later diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and committed suicide by overdose.
The movie is said to be closer in spirit to the director's Munich
than the Indiana Jones
frolic due at the multiplexes this May. But fans of Cohen's comedic antics shouldn't worry. He has already signed up to bring a his Bruno character – a camp Austrian fashion show presenter – to the big screen.