July 24th, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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.
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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