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Sacha Baron Cohen is being tapped to play Freddie Mecury from the legendary rock band,Â Queen. I think that Sacha looks like Freddie and I am hoping he will do Freddie justice…I haven’t seen Sacha play a real serious role, it should be interesting but I think he can knock it out of the park!
Sacha Baron Cohen has closed a deal to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in a film thatâ€™s being scripted by Peter Morgan for a 2011 production start. The untitled film will be financed by GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington, who’ll produce in partnership with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthalâ€™s Tribeca Productions, and Queen Films. Morgan is already working on a script focused on the bandâ€™s formative years, leading up to Queenâ€™s appearance at Live Aid in 1985.Â Queenâ€™s performance is considered one of the rock’s all-time great live concert appearances.
Baron Cohen is an intriguing choice. For one thing, he looks more like Mercury than any star I can think of. While Baron Cohenâ€™s primarily a comic actor, he plays well-defined characters in films from Borat to Talladega Nights, Sweeney Todd and Bruno, and heâ€™s currently starring in the 3D Martin Scorsese-directed drama Hugo Cabret, also for GK Films. In April, Baron Cohen was the catalyst for a big bucks comedy pitch being written by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel. Paramount beat out others for a film, which calls for Baron Cohen to play dual roles of a goat herder and a deposed dictator who gets lost in the US. It was an extravagant deal and the project is on a fast track. Itâ€™s unclear how timing factors into the Mercury film.