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Dominic Cooper is the latest favorite to play Freddie Mercury

Oct. 4, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Sacha Baron Cohen was originally going to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic before exiting the project in July due to "creative differences," then Daniel Radcliffe was rumored for the lead, but that turned out to be completely untrue. Now Latino-Review has learned Dominic Cooper is the new front-runner to play the mustachioed singer.

According to their sources, Cooper is the favorite because he looks kind of like Freddie Mercury and he can also apparently sing. The casting has to be approved by the remaining members of Queen, and if they're down with Dominic Cooper as Freddie Mercury there could be an official announcement made in the near future.

Dominic Cooper could be an excellent Freddie Mercury, but I feel like his talents will be wasted in this project since the members of the band want a PG rated biopic. I'm not saying the film will be terrible, however I don't feel like it will be a "real" biopic and that would be a shame considering the interesting life Mercury lived before passing away in 1991. It could still be a good movie featuring Queen tunes, but it won't be the gritty, mature film about the legendary front-man many were looking forward to when the biopic was first announced. I feel like Freddie Mercury deserves better, and it's unfortunate the surviving members of Queen don't seem to be willing to budge on how they think the film should be handled.

Extra Tidbit: Think Dominic Cooper is a good choice? And do you have any interest in a PG Queen movie?
Source: Latino-Review

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7:26PM on 10/04/2013
Good choice
Good choice
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2:06PM on 10/04/2013

Dominic Cooper is one of the best talents of his generation

This guy is no joke of an actor, at the end of the day, he will be up there with Fassbender and Tom Hardy, the world needs to get ready for this guy, as well as Sullivan Stapleton.
This guy is no joke of an actor, at the end of the day, he will be up there with Fassbender and Tom Hardy, the world needs to get ready for this guy, as well as Sullivan Stapleton.
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1:10PM on 10/04/2013
Just hope for the reasons Sacha left don't reflect on a poor product in the theatres.
Just hope for the reasons Sacha left don't reflect on a poor product in the theatres.
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12:46PM on 10/04/2013
Based on appearances alone, this casting could work. I think the challenge here is finding a balance between making a movie the general audience can see and staying true to the real story of Freddie, warts and all. I hope they get it right.
Based on appearances alone, this casting could work. I think the challenge here is finding a balance between making a movie the general audience can see and staying true to the real story of Freddie, warts and all. I hope they get it right.
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11:44AM on 10/04/2013

Dominic Cooper looks like great casting

but yeah, sanitizing his life story is worrying. Hopefully Brian May and company will have the courage to present Freddie Mercury with warts and all.
but yeah, sanitizing his life story is worrying. Hopefully Brian May and company will have the courage to present Freddie Mercury with warts and all.
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11:34AM on 10/04/2013

Wait, this is actually perfect casting

So perfect that I can't even think of anyone else now.
But please, no PG-13 for fucks sake.
So perfect that I can't even think of anyone else now.
But please, no PG-13 for fucks sake.
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10:33AM on 10/04/2013
I could see it. I do agree with cerealkiller about wanting a truthful, honest Freddie biopic if one must be made, and not a sanitised, "board-approved", neutered version of the story.
I could see it. I do agree with cerealkiller about wanting a truthful, honest Freddie biopic if one must be made, and not a sanitised, "board-approved", neutered version of the story.
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9:41AM on 10/04/2013
Cooper is a great choice for the lead, but this news is brought down due to the fact that the film will be Pg 13. If it was more edgy or in the same vein and/or tone as The Doors than I would be much more excited and maybe thinking Cooper could have gotten an Oscar nom.

The guy is one of my favorite actors, so I'll end up seeing this for him and for my love of Queen.
Cooper is a great choice for the lead, but this news is brought down due to the fact that the film will be Pg 13. If it was more edgy or in the same vein and/or tone as The Doors than I would be much more excited and maybe thinking Cooper could have gotten an Oscar nom.

The guy is one of my favorite actors, so I'll end up seeing this for him and for my love of Queen.
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9:50AM on 10/04/2013
Do you think Cooper cannot be nominated for an Oscar if this movie is rated PG-13? I couldn't quite understand that sentence. To be clear on my end, I think he could still earn a nomination.
Do you think Cooper cannot be nominated for an Oscar if this movie is rated PG-13? I couldn't quite understand that sentence. To be clear on my end, I think he could still earn a nomination.
10:56AM on 10/04/2013
If his acting is good enough, quite possibly. I imagine the film itself might not garner much attention from the Academy due to watered-down content.
If his acting is good enough, quite possibly. I imagine the film itself might not garner much attention from the Academy due to watered-down content.
9:35AM on 10/04/2013
I definitely don't care about a PG Queen movie, but Cooper is a decent choice for the lead. I suppose it doesn't have to be rated R to depict a gay man with AIDS (the MPAA might disagree though), but it sounds like they want to keep a lot of his skeletons in the closet. Only showing the good stuff seems as irreverent as only showing the bad stuff.
I definitely don't care about a PG Queen movie, but Cooper is a decent choice for the lead. I suppose it doesn't have to be rated R to depict a gay man with AIDS (the MPAA might disagree though), but it sounds like they want to keep a lot of his skeletons in the closet. Only showing the good stuff seems as irreverent as only showing the bad stuff.
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