Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury in New Biopic
09.17.10 by BrentJS
Sacha Baron Cohen has become famous for playing outrageous characters in such comedies as Borat and Brüno, but he will take a dramatic turn in his newest role. According to Deadline, Cohen has closed a deal to play charismatic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a currently-untitled biopic that will focus on the years leading up to the band's appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Graham King's GK Films will produce in partnership with Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Productions and Queen Films. Two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) will write the script.
The man who would rock the world as the founder and lead singer of Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Zanzibar, on September 5, 1946. Sent to an English boarding school at the age of 8, "Freddie" formed his first band as a child and played with several bands throughout his teens and into his early 20s before forming Queen in 1970, which he fronted until his untimely death in 1991of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS. The band has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide (some estimates are as high as 300 million), making it one of the most successful music acts of all time, in the exclusive company of artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. The surviving members of Queen formed Queen Films explicitly for the purpose of co-producing the Cohen-led biopic, and it is the first time the group has licensed their song and music publishing rights for a movie about the band.