Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury
Sacha Baron Cohen is taking a break from playing funny characters, as the “Borat” and “Bruno” star has reportedly sign on to play legendary rocker Freddie Mercury in a movie about the band Queen.
Filming for the still untitled movie will begin next year, although producers GK Films and Tribeca Productions have yet to pick the director who will bring to life a script penned by Peter Morgan, who is in known for writing the stories for “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen.” The film will show Queen as the band struggles in its early years up to its famous performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Reports said “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Another One Bites the Dust” are among the famous Queen songs that would be featured in the movie. Graham King of GK Films said Baron is a good fit as the famous frontman Mercury, who died due to complications from AIDS at age 45. “Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role couple with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success,” King said.