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Rumor: Daniel Radcliffe is the new frontrunner to play Freddie Mercury

Sep. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After Sacha Baron Cohen stepped down from the Freddie Mercury biopic, the search was on for a suitable replacement. While Cohen didn't physically match Mercury, he is a chameleon and an adept singer, so it wasn't a stretch to see him in the role. However, if The Daily Star is to be believed, producers on the long in development biopic have found someone morwe to their liking in Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe has been building quite the diverse resume post-HARRY POTTER with roles in THE WOMAN IN BLACK and the upcoming KILL YOUR DARLINGS, THE F-WORD, and HORNS. If those films share one thing in common it is that they are drastically different from one another. Radcliffe is doing everything he can to stretch his talents as a performer and it shows his dedication to acting that he doesn't discriminate on how far he will go for any role.

The Daily Star's source had this to say about Radcliffe in the role:

Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this years movie KILL YOUR DARLINGS. Plus, hes closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, whos much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.

Daniel Radcliffe is an open supporter of gay and lesbian rights and has endured rumors that he himself is gay, which he has denied in the past but chooses not to address directly with the media. He has a gay sex scene in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, so there wouldn't be a question to how far the film could go in exploring Mercury's personal life. Cohen left the film after producers would not agree to show the more flamboyant side of Mercury's life, so maybe this will be a watered down portrait of the famed Queen frontman.

Whatever the case, I have no problem with this casting change. Either actor taking on a challenging role intrigues me, so hopefully the project comes to fruition this time.

Source: The Daily Star

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5:03PM on 09/24/2013
I wish Daniel all the best and think he's a fine actor at times. But this character needs to run the gamut of vaulting joy to painful, dark moments. I just don't think he has the range.
I wish Daniel all the best and think he's a fine actor at times. But this character needs to run the gamut of vaulting joy to painful, dark moments. I just don't think he has the range.
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2:44PM on 09/24/2013
Wow, blatant homophobia on this site. Good work, Berge. You're running a tight ship here.
Wow, blatant homophobia on this site. Good work, Berge. You're running a tight ship here.
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12:12PM on 09/24/2013
What about Russel Brand?
What about Russel Brand?
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8:05AM on 09/24/2013
Maidy, you post some shit but this takes the cake.
Maidy, you post some shit but this takes the cake.
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4:16AM on 09/24/2013
"However, if The Daily Star is to be believed..."
No, no it's not. It is gutter tabloid trash.
"However, if The Daily Star is to be believed..."
No, no it's not. It is gutter tabloid trash.
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10:31PM on 09/23/2013

Man...

"Is an open supported of"....

Does anyone reread this shit? It's getting ridiculous. Seriously.
"Is an open supported of"....

Does anyone reread this shit? It's getting ridiculous. Seriously.
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10:24PM on 09/23/2013
Radcliffe is a talented actor alright but Sacha Baron Cohen certainly looks more suitable to the role than him.
Radcliffe is a talented actor alright but Sacha Baron Cohen certainly looks more suitable to the role than him.
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10:23PM on 09/23/2013
After the idea of Cohen playing Freddy Mercury, I can't see anyone else. Having Radcliffe as Mercury would be terrible.
After the idea of Cohen playing Freddy Mercury, I can't see anyone else. Having Radcliffe as Mercury would be terrible.
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10:20PM on 09/23/2013
That...came out of left field. Sacha Baron Cohen certainly sounds like a far better fit.
That...came out of left field. Sacha Baron Cohen certainly sounds like a far better fit.
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9:54PM on 09/23/2013

Don't really see it

I don't really see Dan Radcliffe as Freddie Mercury (Cohen seemed like a more possible fit), but I guess that's what acting is all about. Maybe the lil' feller can pull it off - who knows?
I don't really see Dan Radcliffe as Freddie Mercury (Cohen seemed like a more possible fit), but I guess that's what acting is all about. Maybe the lil' feller can pull it off - who knows?
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9:40PM on 09/23/2013
Daniel Radcliffe? seriously? I liked the idea of Sacha much better, but I suppose it might work. I guess we will see if it happens.
Daniel Radcliffe? seriously? I liked the idea of Sacha much better, but I suppose it might work. I guess we will see if it happens.
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9:37PM on 09/23/2013

Don't knock Daniel Radcliffe

He got some very good reviews (plus a couple of nominations and wins) for his performance in the Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. The guy obviously has a voice and can cut it as a leading actor on Broadway, no mean feat. He might actually do justice to the role.

That said, I'm sorry to hear Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic. He would have been perfect.
He got some very good reviews (plus a couple of nominations and wins) for his performance in the Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. The guy obviously has a voice and can cut it as a leading actor on Broadway, no mean feat. He might actually do justice to the role.

That said, I'm sorry to hear Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic. He would have been perfect.
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9:04PM on 09/23/2013
This is actually pretty insulting if anything. I don't care what's going on in terms of the creative differences between the studio and Cohen's demands, but I'm not saying only Cohen has the look for Freddie, but he's just as eccentric as Freddie was, and Cohen is a pretty versatile actor. If I were the studio head, I'd probably work my ass off to try and strike a deal with Cohen. Nuff said.
This is actually pretty insulting if anything. I don't care what's going on in terms of the creative differences between the studio and Cohen's demands, but I'm not saying only Cohen has the look for Freddie, but he's just as eccentric as Freddie was, and Cohen is a pretty versatile actor. If I were the studio head, I'd probably work my ass off to try and strike a deal with Cohen. Nuff said.
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8:50PM on 09/23/2013
Not good. I would rather Radcliffe show his dedication to acting by getting formal training in screen acting first. I've seen his acting since Harry Potter. He's still not that good.
Not good. I would rather Radcliffe show his dedication to acting by getting formal training in screen acting first. I've seen his acting since Harry Potter. He's still not that good.
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6:59PM on 09/23/2013
Daniel Radcliff? His dicks not big enough. Who told me? Freddy Fucking Mercury, that's who!
Daniel Radcliff? His dicks not big enough. Who told me? Freddy Fucking Mercury, that's who!
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6:50PM on 09/23/2013
I'd prefer Ashton Kutcher.
I'd prefer Ashton Kutcher.
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6:44PM on 09/23/2013

No.

Just no.
Just no.
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6:14PM on 09/23/2013
i don't see it or believe it.
i don't see it or believe it.
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5:52PM on 09/23/2013
I know Radcliffe is a lil fag, but nowhere and i mean nowhere does that translate into playing Freddie Fuckin Mercury.
I know Radcliffe is a lil fag, but nowhere and i mean nowhere does that translate into playing Freddie Fuckin Mercury.
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8:39PM on 09/23/2013
And you're a prejudiced shit.
And you're a prejudiced shit.
9:39PM on 09/23/2013
Show me someone whose favourite insult is "fag" and I'll show you someone who has been secretly jerking off to Playgirl magazine.
Show me someone whose favourite insult is "fag" and I'll show you someone who has been secretly jerking off to Playgirl magazine.
10:45AM on 09/24/2013
You got the reaction you were looking for now get off daddy's computer, and run along Jr.
You got the reaction you were looking for now get off daddy's computer, and run along Jr.
5:49PM on 09/23/2013
How about Russell Brand or Bill Hader. Both can look and sound like him.
Daniel could be 40 and still look like a kid.
How about Russell Brand or Bill Hader. Both can look and sound like him.
Daniel could be 40 and still look like a kid.
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5:48PM on 09/23/2013

LOL!

"Source: The Daily Star."
"Source: The Daily Star."
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5:45PM on 09/23/2013
Wow, that's sort of reductive, but ok. As far as physically matching Mercury, outside of height, I thought it was a good fit, but again, ok.
Wow, that's sort of reductive, but ok. As far as physically matching Mercury, outside of height, I thought it was a good fit, but again, ok.
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5:45PM on 09/23/2013

Isn't this movie going to be rated PG?

Yeah, no longer interested.
Yeah, no longer interested.
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5:17PM on 09/23/2013
Other than the height (which can be altered using plenty of camera magic these days), Cohen was PERFECT. It's like he was born to play Freddy. I have nothing against Radcliffe, but I'd be more convinced if you cast Halle Berry in the role.
Other than the height (which can be altered using plenty of camera magic these days), Cohen was PERFECT. It's like he was born to play Freddy. I have nothing against Radcliffe, but I'd be more convinced if you cast Halle Berry in the role.
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4:46PM on 09/23/2013

Really?

So now, the only requirement for playing a famous gay character is to be "rumored as gay"? Radcliffe is moderately talented, but he doesn't have 5% of the force and gravitas needed to play such a dynamic character as Freddie Mercury. Even Baron-Cohen would have seen it as a tremendous challenge. Why not just go for Justin Bieber instead? He can probably sing better, and we KNOW he's gay.
So now, the only requirement for playing a famous gay character is to be "rumored as gay"? Radcliffe is moderately talented, but he doesn't have 5% of the force and gravitas needed to play such a dynamic character as Freddie Mercury. Even Baron-Cohen would have seen it as a tremendous challenge. Why not just go for Justin Bieber instead? He can probably sing better, and we KNOW he's gay.
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4:44PM on 09/23/2013

meh

i'm not saying he can't do it, but i'm a lot less excited for this movie now. Cohen was really a selling point for me, giving him a serious lead role that will really test him as an actor. This just seems like another role for Radcliffe. Also, since they are trying to make it less graphic and not the hard R it has to be, i feel like the film will be watered down. The movie could still be good, but i doubt it'll be great like it could be
i'm not saying he can't do it, but i'm a lot less excited for this movie now. Cohen was really a selling point for me, giving him a serious lead role that will really test him as an actor. This just seems like another role for Radcliffe. Also, since they are trying to make it less graphic and not the hard R it has to be, i feel like the film will be watered down. The movie could still be good, but i doubt it'll be great like it could be
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