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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 09:10 AM


LONDON "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about flamboyant rock star Freddie Mercury.

Producers say Peter Morgan, who wrote "The Queen," is working on a screenplay about the frontman of the band Queen, who died of AIDS in 1994.

The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen's barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London.

The announcement was made by GK Films, which is producing with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.

Queen guitarist Brian May says the band supports the project. Production is due to begin next year.

Baron Cohen's comic characters include wannabe rapper Ali G, Kazakh journalist Borat and Austrian fashionista Bruno. His latest film is Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret."

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 09:16 AM
Is S.B. Cohen going to play the roll straight (no comedy?) I'd hate to see a movie that doesn't give proper respect to Freddie as an artist and human being.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 09:20 AM
Is Borat capable of a 180 degree role change?....might be interesting

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 09:52 AM
Wow! He certainly looks the part. And he can obviously immerse himself into a character.
I look forward to this.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 11:35 AM
This will be an intersting movie. There were rumors a few years ago that Johnny Depp was gonna play Freddie Mercury. He would've been good as well.
 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 12:10 PM
I think it's a perfect choice. It's up to the producer(s)/director whether it's going to be a comedy or most likely a serious bio-pic. I think Sacha Baron Cohen is up for the job!

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 01:08 PM
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Is S.B. Cohen going to play the roll straight (no comedy?) I'd hate to see a movie that doesn't give proper respect to Freddie as an artist and human being.
I'm with you, Dave ... hope whatever is done here is respectful to Freddie Mercury.
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The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen's barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London
The Queen spot in this concert was truely amazing. What a talent Freddie was.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2010 at 08:10 AM
I agree with Dave! I hope Freddie gets his due respect as an musical genius and human being. I dont want to see "Borat" play Freddie, i want to see a serious role from Sacha Baron! Freddie was truly an amazing singer and artist. Queen was awesome!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2010 at 03:18 PM
The people who think that Sacha Cohen is going to mock Freddie Mercury or make it humorous....really? Can he go from comedy to a serious role? He's an actor. I'm pretty sure there are MANY other actors who have acted in roles that were comedic and then roles that were serious, so I'm sure he'll be just fine. I'm sure he'll do a phenomenal job playing Freddie.
 

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  posted on 9/18/2010 at 06:46 PM
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The people who think that Sacha Cohen is going to mock Freddie Mercury or make it humorous....really? Can he go from comedy to a serious role? He's an actor. I'm pretty sure there are MANY other actors who have acted in roles that were comedic and then roles that were serious, so I'm sure he'll be just fine. I'm sure he'll do a phenomenal job playing Freddie.
as long as he doesn't wrestle naked with a fat guy.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2010 at 07:38 PM
I think he resembles Frank Zappa better than Freddy Mercury.

 

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