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Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury in New Biopic

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Back in May 2007 I posted about a report that Sacha Baron Cohen was to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.

Mercury At the time, Baron Cohen's publicist poo-poohed the rumors, but now it appears that three years later the deal has closed.

Peter Morgan, who wrote Frost/Nixon and The Queen, among others, is writing the script, and as for the music?

"This is the first time the surviving members of Queen--Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon--have licensed songs and music publishing rights for a movie about the band and they formed Queen Films to be part of the production team on the film. They previously supplied their songs to We Will Rock You, the stage musical that has been running 9 years on London’s West End."

The timeline of the film will end in 1985 (at the Live Aid concert), and thus will not address the singer's death from complications due to AIDS in 1991.

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  1. Shut the front door! This is exciting news. The movie will be a fun watch, at least.

    Posted by: Vince in WeHo | Sep 16, 2010 7:35:58 PM


  2. Awesome. He's an amazing character actor (even though his work has been of the lower grade, way lower)... this has oscar buzz written all over it.

    Posted by: LewsNews | Sep 16, 2010 7:36:49 PM


  3. Worth noting that the producers say the movie will not deal with Mercury having AIDS (because their story ends in 1985). Will they also degay him?

    Posted by: Band of Thebes | Sep 16, 2010 7:40:57 PM


  4. Blasphemy.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Sep 17, 2010 12:22:58 AM


  5. Swell. An unfunny, untalented hack to make the story of Freddy Mercury unwatchable. Thanks.

    ^^X^^

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Sep 17, 2010 1:29:25 AM


  6. Noooo! That's like dancing on Freddie's grave.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 17, 2010 3:51:16 AM


  7. Bruce, Sacha Cohen untalented?! What?

    Posted by: nikko | Sep 17, 2010 4:05:34 AM


  8. agree with psgoodguy, this is blasphemy. It's not bad enough that this talentless hack is going to play the greatest and most iconic rock singer ever, but to end the story in 1985 and not even deal with Freddie's death is equally pathetic. Oscar buzz my ass.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 17, 2010 5:36:16 AM


  9. Oh NO NO NO NO NONONO!!
    Freddie they're doing 'ya wrong.

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 17, 2010 9:57:40 AM


  10. NFW. This is an absolute insult to
    Freddie and his life. Gimmie a break!

    Posted by: Rick C | Sep 17, 2010 8:34:32 PM


  11. Cast Adam Lambert instead!!!

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 18, 2010 6:57:29 PM


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