Sacha Baron Cohen Leaves “Freddie Mercury” Bio Film

July 23, 2013

Sacha Baron Cohen has called it quits. It appears that he isn’t seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval over the film that would tell the life story of singer Freddie Mercury.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s name has circled the movie for a long time now and I personally feel he’d be perfect for the role. It’s a shame that this happened.

The reason for the departure is that the band wanted to make a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was looking to make a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer.

Cohen had brought in Peter Morgan to write and various directors including David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the project for himself. However, none were approved by the band members.

The film was set up by Sony Pictures and GK Films. Graham King and Tim Headington are producing with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Queen Films.

My interest in the film just went out the window. This could have been a film like Behind the Candelabra which told the life story of Liberace. Instead we’ll get a Freddie Mercury movie geared towards kids or something?

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