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 🙂