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    Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen film

    Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury in a film about the Queen frontman, it has been announced.

    By Matthew Moore
    Published: 12:10PM BST 17 Sep 2010

    Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury Photo: REX


    The comedian behind Ali G and Borat will star as the flamboyant musician in a film tracking the build up to the band’s memorable performance at Live Aid in 1985.

    The project has the backing of Mercury’s surviving band mates – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are both on board as musical consultants.


    In an interview with the BBC, May disclosed that Baron Cohen had first expressed interest in the part two years ago.

    He said: "We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he's been talking with us for a long time."

    The role marks a break for Baron Cohen, who has built a career playing outrageously offensive characters of his own creation in spoof documentaries.

    The Cambridge-educated performer found international fame with his 2003 film Ali G Indahouse, in which he played the oafish, rap-obsessed caricature of urban youth Ali G

    His subsequent films Borat, about a witless Kazakh visitor to the US, and Bruno, in which he pretended to be gay Austrian fashion presenter – were huge Box Office successes on both sides of the Atlantic.

    But both films attracted controversy, amid claims that they stereotyped minorities and humiliated members of public.
    The Queen film has yet to be given a title but production is due to commence next year. The screenplay is being written by Peter Morgan, who has previously worked on Frost/Nixon.

    A spokesman for GK Films, which is co-producing the movie, said: "Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer so with Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success."

    Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen film - Telegraph

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    I think he could pull it off. Definately has the look.
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    he has the look, i just hope he doesn't try to funny it up
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    I'm a little dubious about this. It'll either be spectacuarly good or spectacularly awful.
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    I think he could do it well, actually. Good choice.

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    Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen film
    Not if I find him and kill him first. This no-talent bitch should be nowhere near such a legend as freddie.
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    I think he can do it. A big career move imo.

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    lol, it was on Cracked's top ways actors fool the critics. The biopic of a notable musical figure.

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    Nooooooooo, SBC is not pretty enough to play Freddie!!!
    Plus, he's annoying and sort of an ass.

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    As long as he is respectful. Don't fuck with our Freddie, Sacha.
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    My younger brother Michael and I are huge fans of the legendary rock group Queen and we are both on the fence about the casting of this film right now.

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    Freddie's far more handsome but I feel this is an excellent choice.

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    i would really love to see a biopic of freddie mercury and queen. i don't know a lot about him/then. i'm sure he will do a fine job if the other two surviving members are on board.

    i bet we'll all be bawling our eyes out at the end.

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    This could be good!
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    The more I think about this the more pissed off I'm getting. I despise SBC, he actually disgusts me. This is a douche that makes his living by humiliating strangers for the cameras and now he's going to play Freddie? Its pissing me right the fuck off.
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