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Sacha Baron Cohen Departs Freddie Mercury Biopic
There was a disagreement about the tone

22 July 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Very few people would describe Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury’s private life as PG-rated. But apparently the surviving members of the group want to see a little less raw reality in the story behind the man, as they are disagreeing with attached leading man Sacha Baron Cohen over the tone of the movie. The end result? Cohen has walked away from the film.

Cohen had been hammering out a deal to play Mercury in a warts ‘n’ all biopic that Peter Morgan was writing and directors such as David Fincher and Les Misérables’ Tom Hooper had considered.

Sony, the film's developer, has hit a wall with Brian May and the rest of Queen, who have script and director approval on the film via the power of their song rights. No Queen tracks, no biopic. And they'd rather see a PG-rated story on screen.

Trouble is, Cohen seemed like the perfect person to play Freddie, so unless someone just as suitable can be found for the gig, this one might quietly fade away. Another one bites the dust? It's too early to tell, but this is not a good development.


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Or they just wanna protect the memory of a friend. More

Posted by combourg at 14:24 on 24 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Dominic Cooper
I was looking forward to Cohen in this movie!. All sounds like the Queen boys egos stifling a great movie idea! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 15:47 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Dominic Cooper
And he can sing, apparently. Mamma Mia More

Posted by Mr.Beak at 15:28 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

Shame
I was looking forward to that. More

Posted by stucy at 13:57 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

They're musicians, not film makers. The integrity of the film shouldn't be sacrificed for them. But to be honest I don't care much either way. More

Posted by Oroborous at 12:52 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

Dominic Cooper
I agree with Nicky C. He pulled off double moustache duty in The Devil's Double with aplomb. More

Posted by Enzino at 11:11 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

Depp? Leap of faith but I think he could pull it off! More

Posted by combourg at 11:06 on 23 July 2013 | Report This Post

Freddie Murphy?
Is Empire using subliminal messaging to voice support for Eddie Murphy taking over? :) More

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Freddie Murphy?
Is Empire using subliminal messaging to voice support for Eddie Murphy taking over? :) More

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Dominic Cooper?
... just a thought. More

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