Daniel Radcliffe Could Play Queen's Freddie Mercury in Biopic
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.21.2013
Sacha Baron Cohen is out and Radcliffe may be in...
The Daily Star reports that Daniel Radcliffe is being lined up to star as the late Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic of the Queen singer's life.
Sacha Baron Cohen had previously been attached to star as Mercury, but Cohen pulled out of the project this summer. Cohen pulled out because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, were unable to agree on the type of movie they wanted to make. The producers are now looking at Radcliffe to star. According to a source, "Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it. Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year's movie Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too."
Radcliffe stands at about 5'5", which is about four-and-a-half inches shorter than Mercury's height. Cohen stands at about 6'3". Previously, screenwriter Peter Morgan suggested the film is "probably not going to happen" after Cohen's exit. However, producer Graham King then stated that the project is "still very much alive."