Cambridge graduate Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as a football thug in his next film.

The 42-year-old actor, who has managed to offend whole nations and races, gay groups and politicians as fictional characters Ali G, Borat and Bruno as well as Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen, is now developing his next controversial character that of an overzealous fan.

Apparently, Cohen has undergone extensive research to ensure he pushes his latest alter-ego to the limit as a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Sadly the football hooligan seems here to stay. Sacha loves playing extreme characters and has done some extensive research on how these cretins behave.

"He will be pushing his own alter-ego as far as he can, making him incredibly stupid, narrow-minded and offensive."

Sacha is hoping to meet with English soccer team manager, Roy Hodgson, while portraying the despicable hooligan and will use the captured scenes in the film.

The source added: "The plan is to try to fool a couple of famous football pundits and Premiership managers with his disguise, and use them in the film.

"Roy Hodgson is the ultimate target and Sacha hopes to engineer an opportunity to set up a meeting, posing as the ultimate and most dedicated England fan."

The Hugo star will be seen throwing flares from the stands, and targeting players and referees with coins and beer bottles in the new movie.

The renowned thespian will be returning to the big screen at the end of the year as he is set to make an appearance in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.