Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen Biopic

There has been talk of a Freddie Mercury or Queen Biopic for a long time now and its finally coming together with the announcement of Peter Morgan writing a script in which Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie.

/Film says:

Peter Morgan is writing an as yet unnamed biopic of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Even better: to play Mercury, the production has just signed Sacha Baron Cohen.

Honestly I could really see him playing this part. Not only is it not a big stretch to get him to look the part, but Sacha Baron Cohen has the ability to play the outrageous so well that he could easily play the flamboyant and exciting performer that Freddie Mercury was.

I have always been fascinated with Cohen’s ability to snap from character to character and take on so many looks in his comedy show, and as genius as he was in Borat, he fell flat with Bruno trying to make lightning strike twice.

I would love to see Cohen do something as serious as this and step away from the comedy.

Word says this biopic will tell the story of Queen’s successful years leading up to their Live Aid appearance in 1985 and will not address Mercury’s death in 1991.