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Sarah Silverman To Bring The Raunch To Upcoming Seth MacFarlane Western

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Given Sarah Silverman's fondness for outrageous, envelope-pushing comedy, it looks like she may have finally landed the ideal film role – a potty-mouthed hooker who loves Jesus.

Actress and comedian Silverman is in negotiations for a showy part in "A Million Ways To Die In The West," an upcoming Western parody from writer and director Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who jumped to the big screen in 2012 with the box office success "Ted."

In "A Million Ways To Die In The West," Silverman would play a prostitute who serves the randy residents of a town in the Old West. While Sarah's character will apparently perform any number of natural and/or unnatural acts for the right fee, the punch line is, she won't sleep with her fiancé, played by Giovanni Ribisi, because since they're Christians, that would be a sin. Given the broad but surreal sexual side to Silverman's comedy, the role sounds like a perfect fit (beyond the Christian part – after all, this is the woman who wrote a song addressed to Santa Claus called "Give The Jew Girl Toys").

If Silverman is cast in "A Million Ways To Die In The West," she'll be joining a rather impressive cast, which is expected to include MacFarlane, Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, and Amanda Seyfried. The story involved a sheep rancher (MacFarlane) with a serious lack of courage who loses his girlfriend (Seyfried) to another man when he backs out of a gunfight. The farmer learns the importance of bravery when he becomes involved with a beautiful but enigmatic woman who arrives in town (Theron) and must fight for her hand when her former husband (Neeson), a noted gunman, comes looking for her.

Silverman's role in "A Million Ways To Die In The West" comes as her stock is rising in Hollywood. She got enthusiastic reviews for her voice work in the box-office smash "Wreck-It Ralph," and she showed her mettle in a more serious role alongside Michelle Williams in the acclaimed indie offering "Take This Waltz." " A Million Ways To Die In The West" is expected to go before the cameras in the spring.

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