Sacha Baron Cohen Leaves Freddie Mercury Biopic – Find Out Why
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) bares a striking resemblance to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He was a shoe in for a biopic on the late singer. Turns out he couldn't agree on a few important things with the remaining Queen band members. Keep reading to find out why he left the Freddie Mercury biopic.
The reason is that the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was counting on a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer. Given the astonishing physical resemblance, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Freddie but Sacha. Cohen had brought in Peter Morgan to write and various directors including David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the project for himself. However, none were approved by the band. Film is set at Sony Pictures and GK Films and Cohen has long been attached to play Mercury. But because of the dispute over ‘creative differences’ no formal offer could go out to Hooper who’d just worked with Sacha on Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Miserables. Graham King and Tim Headington are producing with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and Queen Films.