Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
Taken from musicroomsdotnet
Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.
British comedian Sacha is best known as the man behind spoof comedy characters such as Borat, Bruno and Ali G, which have all been made into hit films. It has now been revealed the actor will now take on the role of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a new biopic about the much-loved rock star, who died of AIDS in 1991.
The movie has the support of Freddie’s former bandmates Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, and will be made by GK Films with the screenplay written by Peter Morgan.
“Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter [Morgan]’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success,” GK Film’s Graham King said.
The drama does not yet have a title, and will focus on the period leading up to Queen’s iconic show at 1985’s Live Aid charity concert which raised money for famine victims in Africa.
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, and Queen Films are also said to be getting involved in the making of the movie.
Rights to Queen’s famous anthems such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and We Are the Champions have all been secured for the film.