“Variety” reports that Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play British/Indian pop star Freddie Mercury on the big screen.
Even better news: There’s going to be a movie about Queen!
Biopic-veteran Peter Morgan (“The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”) will write the script, which follows Queen from its inception in 1970 to its performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before Mercury died from AIDS complications.
The film won’t start production until early next year, but it’ll be nice to have something to look forward to after we see “The Social Network.”
Casting Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury is a natural fit, as the public is already used to seeing him dressed in spandex body suits. No word yet about who will play the band mates or Mercury’s two most famous love interests, Mary Austin and Jim Hutton.
The film has licensed the rights to the band’s greatest hits, including “Bohemian Rapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” but it remains to be seen whether or not Baron Cohen will be singing the parts himself. After his impressive musical performance in “Sweeny Todd,” our guess is yes. Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will be overseeing the music.