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Sacha Baron Cohen is Freddie Mercury in a new Peter Morgan-penned biopic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 16th, 2010

With the music biopic, the first thing a project has to do (and it can be argued that it’s the toughest thing people behind the project will have to do during the production) is cast the lead.

Well, according to Deadline, it looks like GK Films and Tribeca Productions have found their man for a new, Peter Morgan-penned biopic on the life of legendary Queen frontman, and the single greatest singer rock music has known (in the eyes of this writer), Freddie Mercury.

The outlet is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen, that’s right, Borat himself, will play the rock legend in the new film. The studio has acquired the rights to Queen’s music, and the band’s surviving members, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, will be assisting in the film’s production.

Personally, I think this is completely amazing casting. He’s proven that, while he’s not quite the singer Mercury was (read: no one is), in films like SWEENEY TODD, he has shown that he can sing, and can definitely do something outside the world of straight comedy, making this a massively interesting choice. Toss in the fact that he’s visually perfect for the role, although he might be a bit too tall (but that’s just nitpicking trying to find a way to not completely freak out about how amazing this casting news is).

Oh, and having the writer of films like THE QUEEN and THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND on the film is icing on an awesome cake.

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