Sacha Baron Cohen Will Play Queen Singer Freddie Mercury in New Film

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Freddie MercurySacha Baron CohenThe web site Deadline.com reports that actor Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his "Borat" role, will play the part of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a film about the legendary British rock band. Production on the Peter Morgan-scripted film is scheduled to begin in 2011.

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The film is reported to focus on Queen's formative years, leading up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985. GK Films has secured a package of song rights including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions," "Another One Bites the Dust," and "You're My Best Friend." It's the first time that the surviving members of Queen—Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon—have licensed their music for a movie about the band, and they formed Queen Films to be part of the production team.

Freddie Mercury, widely considered one of greatest vocalists in rock history, died on November 24, 1991, of complications from AIDS. Mercury's last days will not be part of the film.

 

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