Actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is a dead ringer for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and today it’s been confirmed that the “Borat” creator will portray him in the long overdue Freddie Mercury biopic by none other than Queen guitarist Brian May.
The 65-year-old Englishman wrote on his blog that looks exactly how you’d think a 65-year-old Englishman’s blog looks like to post the following:
“Ah … I promised news of yesterday's Queen band meeting. Well, it was just Roger and Jim Beach and myself … we are a small cottage industry !! Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I'm happy to tell you, is on course. Much of our discussion was about contractual things … it's pretty complex …. and determining who is responsible for what. The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule - filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie.”
Sacha and Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland screenwriter Peter Morgan have been tied to the project since 2010, but naturally anything of this much awesome—hello, a movie about Freddie F-ing Mercury—will take its time wanting to get it right the first time. And they better!!
It’s set to start shooting early next year, with an early release in the year 2014, presumably to capture all that Academy Awards consideration.
Little else is known about it overall, for instance, whether or not Sacha will do a Jamie Foxx (lip-synch over the original tracks like Ray) or pull a Joaquin Phoenix (attempt his best impersonation of the artist with his own vocals like Walk the Line). What is known is that it’ll follow Freddie’s career from the origins of Queen to their iconic ’85 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, reports Deadline, with no focus on his final years or death from complications with AIDS in ’91.