Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
2010-09-17 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 56 Comments

Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic of the band.

The English actor, who has previously portrayed rude boy Ali G, mustachioed Kazakhstani tour guide Borat and Austrian fashion reporter Bruno on the silver screen, is to star in the Robert De Niro-directed drama, which is being scripted by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan.

“We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he’s been talking with us for a long time,” said Queen guitarist Brian May in an interview with BBC World News. “He’s been in on this project since we started talking about it seriously with Peter Morgan a couple of years ago.”

Production will begin next year.

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VicariousIntent
September 17th 2010

1591 Comments


This is really weird, but at the same time I totally get it. This could actually be cool.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 17th 2010

5992 Comments


this is awesome

elephantREVOLUTION
September 17th 2010

2702 Comments


this may be a breakout role for cohen.

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Ire
September 17th 2010

41460 Comments


he'll break out in herpes

Gmork89
September 17th 2010

5402 Comments


I can see him playing the part pretty good actually.

OvrotLivesAgain
September 17th 2010

1501 Comments


I hope he will be as good as i hope he would be.
Queen is my favorite non-metal band

Skyler
September 17th 2010

1084 Comments


He sounds perfect for the role, honestly.

Phantom
September 17th 2010

8930 Comments


Sounds about right, just depends on how well Cohen can pull off a serious role, because I've never seen him perform one. Granted, he needed a certain level of seriousness/acting skill to maintain his Ali G/Borat/Bruno characters, but this is a different level of serious; particularly as it's a biopic.

creampie
September 17th 2010

64 Comments


loool

crowing51
September 17th 2010

3444 Comments


Yea i agree with Phantom, I just don't see him pulling this off. I hate all his movies but physically he fits. I just have to wait an see i guess. Will defiantly see though.

creampie
September 17th 2010

64 Comments


physically yeah i agree, but in terms of acting we have to wait and see.
lets just hope he doesn't screw things up.

creampie
September 17th 2010

64 Comments


are we going to see gay buttsecks scenes on the film'

Dogget
September 17th 2010

781 Comments


I hope they do it like inglorious basterds and don't stick to historical accuracy

IRAI
September 17th 2010

1567 Comments


spoiler:

he dies

RosaParks
September 17th 2010

14592 Comments


will rule.
end of story bros

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2010

6964 Comments


this could work

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LTDA
September 17th 2010

281 Comments


I hope this rules.

rhcpkp15
September 17th 2010

103 Comments


this has been rumored for over 4 years now. this movie will never come out

SkankinJake
September 17th 2010

88 Comments


I'm pumped. GREAT SUCCESS

Puzzles
September 17th 2010

3065 Comments


Fucking brilliant, and I mean it.
Brian: Freddy, check out this riff, man.
*Plays riff*
Freddy: IT'S NIIICE

SkankinJake
September 17th 2010

88 Comments


VERY NIIIIIIICEEEEE

Countess
September 17th 2010

818 Comments


We already know he can grow that badass mustache

but he really does look like him besides the mustache.
I think Cohen is a very underrated actor, his ability to stay in character ALL the time is amazing! That's some serious acting skill there

CrazyFool84
September 17th 2010

1078 Comments


Yeah he really does ^, this actually comes as no real shock, seems like a pretty slick fit. I think he'll actually pull this one off pretty well

beefshoes
September 17th 2010

2121 Comments


*Sex Explosion

iamnotchan
September 17th 2010

669 Comments


I have no doubt that he can pull it off and the facet that looks almost EXACTLY like Freddie doesn't hurt

Obfuscation24
September 17th 2010

3939 Comments


this is gonna be amazing

CameronSetToKill
September 18th 2010

139 Comments


Noice!

drasticaction74
September 18th 2010

1675 Comments


cohen. hmmm. needs moar snaggle teeth

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bailar12
September 18th 2010

1766 Comments


sacha baron cohen doing something actually serious. is it true?

the fact that hes involved in something homosexual doesnt really surprise me though.

JayVex
September 18th 2010

381 Comments


Mah name a Freddie, I lika you!

WhiteNoise
September 18th 2010

2882 Comments


"What kind of dog is this?"

Seriously though, can the man actually sing?

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qwe3
September 18th 2010

21154 Comments


are we going to see gay buttsecks scenes on the film'


wow what a retarded comment

gonna watch this so hard



stricken
September 18th 2010

2 Comments


I think he'll be awesome.. Did no one see him in Sweeney Todd????

Sheeple9000
September 18th 2010

1349 Comments


Very Nice!

[img]http://i.imgur.com/7BMd3.jpg[/img]

drasticaction74
September 18th 2010

1675 Comments


you lick my tits

you fuck my mother

coneren
September 18th 2010

11110 Comments


COCKSUCKERSON

druglesshippie
September 18th 2010

182 Comments


"Seriously though, can the man actually sing?"

Watch Sweeney Todd. He can definitely sing

ffs
September 18th 2010

4675 Comments


this is cool

Tiagomnh
September 18th 2010

11 Comments


He's got the skills and the looks.

supertouchox2
September 18th 2010

1062 Comments


sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.

iamnotchan
September 18th 2010

669 Comments


does it matter if he can sing? they can dub things over.

yea but apparently he CAN sing too

creampie
September 18th 2010

64 Comments


what's going to come out first? this our duke nukem forever?

shrapnel
September 18th 2010

735 Comments


he can sing but not as well as the original.

well I'm guessing not too many people sing as well as the original

MUNGOLOID
September 18th 2010

4267 Comments


pretty excited for this.

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 18th 2010

2909 Comments


Cohen is an incredibly talented guy, and I have no doubt he can pull this off. He's no idiot, not by any stretch of the imagination, and has so much respect for Mercury that he'll want to play this right more than anything. The only SLIGHT stumbling block is the height difference (Mercury was 5'9, Cohen is nearer 6'6 I believe) but that could, of course, be easily fixed using articulate filming.

Detective Dan
September 18th 2010

158 Comments


I think I'd be most worried about Cohen trying to destroy the production with his antics.

Ire
September 18th 2010

41460 Comments


so so so hawt

NEVERfade
September 18th 2010

376 Comments


awesome

MUNGOLOID
September 18th 2010

4267 Comments


kind of disappointing that his wife had a body double for Wedding Crashers.

Comatorium.
September 18th 2010

4008 Comments


being a fan of both cohen and queen, i think this could work. i think it could be fantastic actually. i am excite!

Yeahtoast
September 19th 2010

2041 Comments


This actually sounds awesome.

iamnotchan
September 19th 2010

669 Comments


I hate Lou Holtz

lolwut?

HaloDude442
September 19th 2010

688 Comments


This news is win.

Puzzles
September 20th 2010

3065 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZlCCmUY8DQ&feature=fvst

He can sing. Kind of. Once again, it'll be interesting to see him in serious mode, now on two levels.
TO SHAVE-A THE BEARRRRD! TO SHAVE-A THE FACEEEE!

Norwichdude
September 20th 2010

64 Comments


Awesome news, great actor! Wonder if they considered bloke out of Foxy Shazam too lol

MrCalum
September 20th 2010

371 Comments


its just the moustache



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