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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Out of the Freddie Mercury Biopic

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been working on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for three years now, but he has now left the project due to creative differences, Deadline reports. The disagreement occurred between Cohen and the remaining members of Queen, who have approval over the movie's director and script. Mercury's Queen bandmates want the biopic to be a family friendly PG-rate movie, while Cohen wants a gritty R-rated story.  Cohen had recruited screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, Last King of Scotland) and directors like David Fincher (The Social Network, Benjamin Button) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech), but the band didn't approve of either of those guys so the movie is now director-less and actor-less.

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  • Stuie299

    So basically Cohen wanted to make a good movie and Queen said no.

    • heyho

      No. Cohen probably wanted to film a minstrel show and get cheap laughs at gratuitous gay sex scenes. Good for Queen.

      • Stuie299

        Except I don't think Peter Morgan, David Fincher, or Tom Hooper would be involved if that's the kind of film it was going to be.