Sacha Baron Cohen Is Not Involved With The Freddie Mercury Biopic

first_imgUPDATE [3/28]: Apparently Queen manager Jim Beach’s statement at the Artist and Manager Awards was taken out of context, and were actually said in jest. The initial report from claims that Sacha Baron Cohen will write, produce, direct, and star in the Queen biopic, but in actuality, Beach said that Cohen would be “starring in all four major roles” as a joke. Considering the updated information comes from Queen guitarist Brian May’s personal blog, we’re (unfortunately) inclined to believe him.We apologize for the error that we and many other outlets made; we just can’t help but think that Cohen’s resemblance to Freddie Mercury is uncanny.****After a long-winded, ongoing back-and-forth between Sacha Baron Cohen and members of Queen, a Freddie Mercury biopic will finally go into production. Cohen will not only star in the film, but also write, direct and produce it.Talks about the film began around 2010. Cohen didn’t share the same vision as remaining members of Queen, and left the project around 2013. According to Time, he wasn’t seeing eye to eye with the other members, who were aiming for a more PG version whereas Cohen wanted a “gritty R-rated tell-all” of the rockstar’s life. Apparently, they’ve quelled their disagreements, and plans to resume production of the biopic have been announced.“You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,” said Queen’s manager Jim Beach at the Artist and Manager Awards. “An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce, and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”[Via]last_img