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    Borat Rhapsody! Queen's manager confirms Sacha Baron Cohen will star, write, produce and direct Freddie Mercury biopic

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    PUBLISHED: 13:04, 28 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:08, 28 March 2015


    It has been confirmed that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic.
    The British actor - famous for his controversial roles as Ali G, Borat and Bruno - will also produce, write and direct the film, according to the band's manager Jim Beach.
    Beach announced the news on Thursday night at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy.


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    He wants to break free! It has been confirmed that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic

    'You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,' the manager told the audience.

    'An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.'
    MailOnline have contacted Baron Cohen's representatives for comment.


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    Finally: The talk of a biopic, centered on Freddie Mercury, has been heard for the last seven years and will now finally be made, according to the band's manager Jim Beach

    Queen's surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor had not always been supportive of Sacha's involvement in the project, and those 'creative differences' were allegedly the reason the actor dropped out in 2013.
    'In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he's made - The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo,' Brian said at the time.
    'He makes outstanding performances but they're very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances.


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    Dismay: Queen's surviving members Brian May (top left) and Roger Taylor (bottom right) had not always been supportive of Sacha's involvement in the project



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    Fame: The British star is famous for creating controversial characters Ali G (L) and Borat

    May added: 'And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie we didn't think that could really happen with Sacha.'
    Following Cohen's departure, there was talk that James Bond star Ben Whishaw was up for the role, after Brian publicly said he'd love the actor to portray Mercury.
    However, it seems now that Brian, Roger and Sacha have managed to overcome their issues to get the ball finally rolling on the biopic.


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    Not a fan: After seeing Sacha in The Dictator, Brian May was not convinced of him taking the role of Freddie



    Read more: Sacha Baron Cohen to star, write, produce and direct Freddie Mercury biopic | Daily Mail Online

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    I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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    Oh no thanks!!

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    i dunno, could be interesting. is sascha going to write a drama or a parody?

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    Seems like perfect casting to me.
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    I think he will be awesome as Freddie. To me he's the opposite of distracting - when I see him play one of his outrageous characters I forget he's an educated, well-spoken husband and father and not a flamboyant gay Austrian or a Kazakhstani oaf or a wannabe gangsta from Stains.
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    I love him and I think he'll be awesome. I think he can really pull it off.

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    I hate him. I hate that he's going to trash Freddie.
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    I do not like him but after seeing him in Les Miserables, I think he can pull this off with the respect Freddie deserves....well, I hope he does?
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    He's very into getting into character I guess (which makes me question how he prepared for Bruno). He physically can pull off Freddie Mercury effortlessly.

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    I think he'll be awesome too -- and think it perfect casting. Just hope it's not a typical Cohen movie, but a true biopic.
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    I think he might pull it off. It will be interesting for sure.

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    i despise him, i don't think he's funny either.
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    I think he will give Freddy mad respect. He can pull off Freddies look and mannerisums. I don't think he will shit all over his legacy. (Sasha please don't make me eat my words).

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    he's a great actor and very intelligent and talented but i'm going to wait until i see the finished product. let's face it, most biopics are boring, masturbatory hollywood vanity projects, especially the ones that try really hard to be authentic and historically accurate. i'm more interested in the projects that take liberties with the usual biopic formula, like "velvet goldmine" or "i'm not there".
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