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Sacha Baron Cohen As Freddie Mercury?
He'll play him in a new Queen biopic

17 September 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Is Sacha Baron Cohen the new Michael Sheen? Well, no – at least not yet, though he has just locked down a deal to play a real-life personality in a film that Peter Morgan is writing, so he’s on the way at least. And just who is he playing? Try Queen front man and icon Freddie Mercury.

Rumours have floated about this for a while, and it’s tough to argue that Baron Cohen can’t look like Freddie, because we know he can rock a ‘tache. Plus he’s long since proven he can go OTT, which was definitely a highlight of many Mercury performances. The big question is whether he’ll be able to replicate Freddie's vocal skills, since few people can sing like that man could. Baron Cohen had to sing to audition for Sweeney Todd (though he didn’t do a lot of warbling in the final film), so we know he’s at least got a set of pipes.

Morgan’s script will follow Queen’s formative years and chart the band’s rise to success, capped by their appearance at 1985’s Live Aid concert. Graham King’s GK Films has nabbed a rights deal that includes access to their most famous tracks, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock you and Another One Bites The Dust.

“Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself,” King says in a statement. “Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.”

So what do you think? Can the man who was Borat and Bruno be Mercury? And who would you cast as the rest of Queen? Chewbacca with a perm for Brian May, anyone?

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going off to listen to the Flash Gordon soundtrack again…

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Posted by joeRV at 00:28 on 26 May 2012 | Report This Post

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Posted by joeRV at 23:53 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

Please dont destroy the image of Freddie Mercury by this disaster waiting to happen!
Sacha Baron Cohen is neither Sherlock Holmes or Freddie Mercury, stop!! think and protest this absurdity! What can Graham King of GK FILMS be thinking ? i dont trust him, have you seen London boulevard? the man cares nothing about creative decisions, he doesnt intervene when he should. Sacha Baron cohen cannot convincingly act, does not actually look like Freddie Mercury and looks self conscious and terrible in movies, except when making fun of characters who's belief systems he hates wit More

Posted by joeRV at 23:49 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

This will either be the greatest bit of casting ever or a complete disaster....will just have to wait and see.  It will be interesting to see who they get to play the rest of the band though More

Posted by hellsangel66 at 20:30 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

L: Shifty Bench I love Queen, been my favourite band since I saw them on Live Aid back in 1985. And I'm 33 and a grandad /quote] Verdana"]You're younger than me Shift? oh well, no offence. hee hee.... uh, my Mum was a HUGE fan, She cried when Freddy died. r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 19:35 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

I love Queen, been my favourite band since I saw them on Live Aid back in 1985. And I'm 33 and a grandad More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 19:31 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

Verdana"]Quite funny for Snake-Eyes! I recall reading a mock interview with 'Borat' just after the movie was released, in which he states he has his mustache to be like 'Ladies' Man', Freddy Mercury! btw, I f**kin' HATE Queen - Sunday Afternoon, Grandad Pub Music. r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 18:21 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury
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Posted by elab49 at 15:40 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury
Anyone ever read Brian May's absolutely hilarious blog? Have a look and see why I doubt this film will ever see the light of day and if it does it will only be after the perm-headed fool has fell out with the director and publicly trashed the finished product.   More

Posted by horribleives at 15:08 on 19 September 2010 | Report This Post

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Well I'm thrilled at this news. Too long have we been waiting for a Queen film. Or a film about Freddie and the band to be more exact. Nobody touches their great, varied output (not even The Beatles or Led Zep) and Freddie remains the greatest singer of all time, who had great charisma and personality. So it's about time we got a film of his colourful yet tragic life. Quite who they'll cast as the other band members I haven't got a clue, but I have a feeling they'll go with unknowns. More

Posted by Alistair at 22:01 on 17 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Brilliant!!
this should be the casting a while back in another thread, glad it's happening. t="trebuchet ms"] ask my my fee as casting director !!   rest of band....t="trebuchet ms"] rfect world I'd go for t="trebuchet ms"] acon - James McAvoyt="trebuchet ms"] ay - Paul Bettany (ideally Richard E Grant but too old now for biopic on younger scenes)t="trebuchet ms"] aylor - Ben Miller of 'Armstrong and Miller' fame More

Posted by JIm R at 09:25 on 17 September 2010 | Report This Post

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