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Stephen Frears is currently the frontrunner to direct Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury

May. 10, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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Perhaps this is a bit premature, but might we say that Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN) is on the verge of being allowed to get down (and) make love with the untitled biopic of Freddie Mercury currently in the works? Or maybe that the untitled biopic has a crazy little director called Frears? Or maybe even that you can't stop Frears now, as he's currently the main contender for the director's chair on said untitled biopic?

I'm done, promise.  But it's true.  Sacha Baron Cohen has been connected with the role of Freddie Mercury for a while now and his deal looks to be closing in the coming weeks, presumably along with Frears if he is indeed picked to direct.  In the meantime the script, previously worked on by Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN), has received a rewrite from Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (ALI, NIXON). 

The film "focuses on Queen's formative years, leading up to the band's heralded appearance at Live Aid in 1985," and will be receiving direct input from Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon through their production company Queen Films.  It is unknown at this time if Sacha Baron Cohen will do his own singing, though considering how he is more than capable I expect he'll be allowed to. 

Queen in concert

Source: Variety

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4:58AM on 05/11/2012

Queen, too..?

I can totally see this working. And if done right I sense an Oscar win for Cohen.
I can totally see this working. And if done right I sense an Oscar win for Cohen.
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3:39PM on 05/10/2012
Sounds like a career defining moment for Cohen!
Sounds like a career defining moment for Cohen!
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3:11PM on 05/10/2012
Been saying it for years now,that Sacha would make for a fantastic Freddie Mercury in some biopic? + Russell Brand would have been on my short list.
Been saying it for years now,that Sacha would make for a fantastic Freddie Mercury in some biopic? + Russell Brand would have been on my short list.
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11:47AM on 05/10/2012
I was just wondering if this was still happening. Frears is a more than capable director to pull it off.
I was just wondering if this was still happening. Frears is a more than capable director to pull it off.
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10:11AM on 05/10/2012

Can;t wait

title for this film should be: "Mr. Fahrenheit"
title for this film should be: "Mr. Fahrenheit"
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9:53AM on 05/10/2012
Casting Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury was complete and utter genius. All accounts say that he's really into the part and very dedicated in getting it right. I hope this gets underway soon and not fall into development hell.
Casting Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury was complete and utter genius. All accounts say that he's really into the part and very dedicated in getting it right. I hope this gets underway soon and not fall into development hell.
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