Sacha Baron Cohen Back to Write, Direct & Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic

Queen Singer Biopic

UPDATE: Queen guitarist Brian May clarified on his website what their manager Jim Beach said in a statement released to Daily Mail. It appears that they evidently left off a couple key words at the end of the quote that would have made it obvious as a joke.

Sacha Baron Cohen, the man behind Borat, Bruno and The Dictator is reportedly back at the helm of the long-delayed film about the life of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Queen’s manager Jim Beach confirms that Cohen will also star, write and produce the pic.

Cohen was originally set to play the late Queen frontman, but exited the project back in 2013 over creative differences with the remaining members of Queen, who wanted the film to be a PG-version instead of Cohen’s envisioned R-rated, gritty look at Mercury’s life.

Cohen brought in the likes of Peter Morgan to write, and Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper and even David Fincher to direct the film, but all were rejected by the band. Last spring, Ben Whishaw had been attached in the film, as had been Daniel Radcliffe. Dexter Fletcher had also been mentioned as potential director.

The Daily Mail now reports that Cohen won’t just appear as Mercury, but he is also writing, producing and directing the biopic drama as well. I have to believe that Morgan’s script is better than what Cohen would come up with, but he’s perfect for the role, that’s a no brainer. And it will more likely be a “comma” rather than “drama”.

UPDATE: According to May, who was also on stage for the Artist & Management Awards event in London, Beach said the following:

…in response to enquiries about the progress on the Freddie feature film, that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce, and direct the film, as well as starring in all four major roles! I’m afraid some folks might have taken it seriously!”

So basically Beach’s statement on Cohen’s involvement in the Freddie feature film was a joke that became news thanks to an incomplete transcription. Meh.

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