Sascha plays Freddie

Casting News.

Deadline.com announced today that a new biopic is being made about the rock band Queen. Cast in the role of flaymboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury is Sascha Baron Cohen. Inspired casting I say. Baron Cohen almost stole the show with his small role in Sweeney Todd, and he seems to excel playing larger than life characters. He even resembles Mercury a fair bit.

Peter Morgan is writing the script which focuses on the band’s formative years, leading up to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Queen’s performance at that concert is considered one of rock’s all-time great live concert appearances. It will not cover Mercury’s death in 1991 of complications from AIDS. Morgan has become the writer d’jour for quality films based on real life people. (Frost/Nixon, The Queen, The Last King of Scotland and Damned United).

No director has been hired yet, and it is unsure if Baron Cohen will be singing or they will use Mercury’s own remarkable voice. Rights are being sought out for the band’s songs, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions , Another One Bites The Dust and You’re My Best Friend.

GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington will produce. Surviving members of Queen – Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon have formed Queen Films to be part of the production team on the film. Graham King has said in a statement “Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself.” “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.”

The film goes into production some time in 2011.

Look a Freddie doll 🙂

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5 responses to “Sascha plays Freddie

  1. hi glen! we met at annas birthday party on the weekend… great blog… I’m super excited about this project in particular!!

    xo CArla

  2. Wanda

    Inspired casting… The physical similarity is quite striking.

  3. Giovanni Moscardiono

    Sasha! Freddie was one of the greatest singers, performers AND people forget, Writers of intelligent, humorous and interesting non-typical rock songs. That is what made Queen so damn special, Freddie was educated and used that in his writing. Do you know who Scaramouch was? 17th century most famous clown actor of all time. Beelzebub? (one of the seven princes of hell) I doubt Journey knew that! Figaro – banned Opera in Vienna in 1799. Bismillah – Arabic in the name of God. And this is just one song, one that everyone knows! He was smart, funny, dirty, sexy, all of it! And a very religious and faithful man. And then you have a man dealing with his own death with an illness no one understood at the time and he had the courage to step out and write about from his hospital…..
    “It’ll drain the power that’s in you
    Make you plead and scream and crawl
    And the pain will make you crazy
    You’re the victim of your crime
    Too much love will kill you
    It’s hopeless – so hopeless to even try”
    So having Sash, who is a damn funny actor, but will make what could be a great movie about a great man and a great band and turn into a Spinal Tap!, when it should be more like a “Ray” or “The “Rose”. I can’t beleive Peter Morgan said okay. I bet you if they get a seasoned great director, Sasha will be gone!

  4. Giovanni Moscardiono

    Oh and Sasha singing it!? B Movie straight to DVD streaming next day Netflix, gone in two weeks, forgotten forever.

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