Sacha Baron Cohen was a spot-on casting choice to play Queen singer Freddie Mercury, but it seems producers are back to the drawing board.
Reports suggest that Cohen has dropped out of an upcoming biopic about the flamboyant frontman due to creative differences. CNN has reached out to Cohen's rep for comment, but has yet to hear back.
Mercury's vocals helped Queen become a success in the '70s and '80s with still-popular anthems like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." He died in 1991 from AIDS-related complications.
In addition to looking like the star, Cohen has also shown his singing ability in movies like "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "Les Misérables." Yet according to Deadline, Cohen, 41, wasn't on the same page with the direction the Mercury biopic was taking.
While the "Borat" star was all-in for a gritty retelling of Mercury's life story, the remaining members of Queen are rumored to be angling for a more PG perspective on the band. As a result, Cohen's reportedly pulled out of the Sony Pictures and GK Films project.
Screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Last King of Scotland"; "The Queen") was attached to the script, while producers have reportedly been eyeing directors like Tom Hooper and David Fincher.
Who do you think could fill Cohen's place as Freddie Mercury?
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I think Mika could probably do a good job. Johnny Depp is probably too old. George Michael would be great but he is too old. James Floyd looks like Freddie. Salman Khan looks good for the role but is about the age when Freddie died. Taylor Lautner might work. Maybe Oscar Isaac who is the right age and a singer.
I have NO desire to see a biopic w/o Cohen as Mercury. This is a big mistake.
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Cohen is very tall – well over 6 foot – and Freddie was a relatively small man despite having a 7-foot personality. Also, Cohen's voice isn't even CLOSE to being as good as Freddie's. He would not be ideal casting. A brave, Middle-Eastern, Indian or a mixed-race, unknown British actor would be a better choice. And as for the rating of the film? An R-18 raunchy film is not necessary but a sanitized, PG version would be even worse. To the producers, I say find a middle-ground.
I think Freddy Mercury should be played by Freddy Mercury's son.
Yeah, I've heard his "singing". He's not even close to good enough to take on singing Mercury.
What the hell would a PG version even be like? Would they just make the movie about the auditioning for a replacement on X factor or whatever it was!? That's crapp, they either include the drugs and aids or they dont make the movie!
and Russel Brand – are you ******* kidding me? That guy's a dried tu-rd wrapped in some old cloth.
Am I the only person who does not find Sacha Baron Cohen humorous? He's seems like one of those people that's funnier in his own mind than he is to the rest of us.
Why? disappointed he wouldnt be kissing men?
Word on the street is that Tom Cruise is campaigning for the role of Freddie Mercury. Wait and see!
Well, Tom is short and g@y, but can he sing?
Sacha Baron Cohen is too old to portray Mercury, and frankly doesn't look all that much like him. They need to cast a younger actor with the talent and personality if they want to portray him properly. It would be nice if they could find some unknown or up-and-coming singer/actor to play the role.
Adam Lambert would be perfect...both in looks and voice.
wrong on both accounts
How about Russell Brand?
Quit picking on the poop commenters, Pliny, and go bully someone else.
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