[Movies] Freddie Mercury Biopic Not Likely To Happen
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.02.2013
Now that Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out...
NME reports that the biopic of Freddie Mercury is unlikely to happen now that Sacha Baron Cohen has left the project. He had been attached to play Mercury since September 2010, but left the project in July.
This was rumored to be because he and Queen (who have script and director approval) couldn't agree on what type of movie to make. The band wanted a PG movie, while the actor wanted to get into the more adult aspects of Mercury's "hedonistic" lifestyle. Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Rush), whose script was turned down by the band, said the project has been put on hold. His script was set to begin with the creation of Queen in the early 1970s and end with their 1985 Live Aid set.
BBC's Entertainment News Team wrote on Twitter:
Freddie Mercury biopic writer Peter Morgan has told the BBC the film is "probably not going to happen" now Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out.