Freddie Mercury Biopic is Back in Development

Courtesy of Huffington Post

Courtesy of Huffington Post

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) will star in the Freddie Murphy biopic, according to Queen‘s manager Jim Beach. The manager made the announcement during his speech at the Artist & Management in London. “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Freddie Murphy biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,” Beach stated (via the Daily Mail). He continued,”An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce, and direct this movie. He had also agreed to star [in the film].”

Baron initially decided not to get involved with the Queen frontman’s biopic because of creative differences. There were concerns about how Mercury would be depicted in the film. Cohen wanted to portray a grittier darker Mercury, while former Queen band members (Brian May and Roger Taylor) wanted Mercury to be depicted in a “family-friendly” portrayal. “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s [Cohen] made; The Dictator, Les Miserables, and Hugo,” May told the Daily Mail back in 2013. Brian May added, “We thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. We didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha.” It now seems the former Queen bandmates and Cohen have come to a mutual agreement. Right now, there is no timetable for when the biopic will be released.

Freddie Mercury was the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. Along with being one of the most powerful voices in rock music, Mercury was also a prolific songwriter, and he wrote some of Queens biggest hit records. Some of those hit songs include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Killer Queen,” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Mercury was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Queen in 2001, and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. As the Queen frontman, the band released fourteen albums; some of which include Queen, Queen II, A Night at the Opera, News of the World, Hot Space, and A Kind of Magic. Unfortunately, Mercury succumbed to the AIDS virus in 1991. Update: Brian May confirmed that Jim Beach’s recent announcement that Sacha Baron Cohen decided to be involved in the film was intended as a joke.

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