Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in biopic

It’s not often the Internet is unanimous for loving an idea. Too often, we geeks are engrossed in shouting down stupid events in entertainment. But the news that Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen is going to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been met by enthusiasm across the Internet pipes.

It’s no surprise. Maybe it’s the thick moustache he wore for Borat, or just the general flamboyance and quirkiness of his characters, but Baron Cohen feels like a real fit for the role.

Apparently the as-yet-untitled film will be written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and is said to focus on the period from the formation of the band – which not enough people know about considering Queen’s status in rock history – up to their seminal Live Aid performance in 1985. The movie is unlikely to cover the gradual demise of the rock icon, leading to his death from AIDS, which is a good thing, I think. It would be better to end the movie on that career high in 1985.

Whether Baron Cohen will be attempting to sing many of the Queen classics remains to be seen. But I’d be happy to listen to Mercury’s vocals anyway. Why tamper with greatness?

Now that Mercury’s been cast, any suggestions for who’ll be getting fitted for a curly wig to play Brian May?

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  1. Rosie-Lee

    Sacha Baron Cohen is a bit of a chameleon.  I find it hard to see his real looks when he is playing Borat, for example.  I have a feeling he is going to look eerily like Freddie Mercury.  Perhaps he will lip synch the singing, unless his vocal cords are as clever as his character acting.  Freddie’s voice was a one-off (and I miss him a great deal).

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