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Will Tom Hooper team up with his Les Miserables star Sacha Baron Cohen to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic?

03.15.2013

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There hasn't been any news on Sacha Baron Cohen's Freddie Mercury biography since October. For whatever reason it seems like the project is moving at a glacial pace. Stephen Frears (THE GRIFTERS, HIGH FIDELITY) was a possibility to direct the film but Deadline is reporting that Tom Hooper might be the next director to try to get the movie up and running.

Tom Hooper and Sacha Baron Cohen worked together in LES MISERABLES and since Hooper has directed Cohen in the musical he should have a pretty good idea of what the actor is capable of as a singer. A formal offer hasn't been made to Hooper yet but it appears that he's definitely interested in tackling the task. The script for the untitled biography is by Peter Morgan (FROST/NIXON) and it begins with Queen's formation in the 1970s and ends with their performance at Live Aid 1985. Graham King, Tim Headington, Robert De Niro, and Jane Rosenthal are on board as producers.

I've wanted this film to happen for a long time. I'm a colossal Queen fan and when Sacha Baron Cohen was first announced to play the Freddie Mercury I thought it was perfect casting. Cohen gets a lot of attention for his comedy but I think a role like this is an excellent way to showcase his talents. I had high hopes that Stephen Frears would take on the project but if they go with Tom Hooper I won't be complaining either. If neither of them end up agreeing to direct the film I hope they'll continue to search for a quality director on par with Hooper or Frears.

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Queen song?
Source: Deadline

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2:11AM on 03/16/2013

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11:04PM on 03/15/2013

Imagine

The guy that played Borat winning an Oscar. This has best Actor written all over it
The guy that played Borat winning an Oscar. This has best Actor written all over it
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11:04PM on 03/15/2013

Imagine

The guy that played Borat winning an Oscar. This has best Actor written all over it
The guy that played Borat winning an Oscar. This has best Actor written all over it
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1:55PM on 03/15/2013
Descent director that had good scripts to work with but he doesnt have the energy to carry a performance by Freddie Mercury on screen
Descent director that had good scripts to work with but he doesnt have the energy to carry a performance by Freddie Mercury on screen
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1:23PM on 03/15/2013

I don't particularly care for Tom Hooper...

As he has always felt like a "safe" director, in that his films are glossy and work, but lack the edge of someone with a strong vision. To his credit I haven't hated any of his films, but it's the actors that pull me through them and not anything he's brought to the table.

That said, with or without his involvement my ass will be in the seat for this one, because Sacha Baron Cohen is a fantastic character actor who I think can pull this off in spades.

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As he has always felt like a "safe" director, in that his films are glossy and work, but lack the edge of someone with a strong vision. To his credit I haven't hated any of his films, but it's the actors that pull me through them and not anything he's brought to the table.

That said, with or without his involvement my ass will be in the seat for this one, because Sacha Baron Cohen is a fantastic character actor who I think can pull this off in spades.

Extra Tidbit: Death on Two Legs (Also, they should call this flick Mr. Fahrenheit)
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11:54AM on 03/15/2013
A concise, informative, well written, opinionated but without rambling article on JoBlo? What a breath of fresh air. Good job Jesse.
I've been a daily visitor of the site since 2001, but I have to say that the quality of the writing on the site has really gone down in the past few years with new writers coming in. But Jesse has consistently been the best of the new crew in my eyes. Keep it up.
A concise, informative, well written, opinionated but without rambling article on JoBlo? What a breath of fresh air. Good job Jesse.
I've been a daily visitor of the site since 2001, but I have to say that the quality of the writing on the site has really gone down in the past few years with new writers coming in. But Jesse has consistently been the best of the new crew in my eyes. Keep it up.
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11:46AM on 03/15/2013
Mr.Cohen is a GREAT character actor and does a great job with the roles he has done in the past. Having him as Freddie Mercury would just make sense!
Mr.Cohen is a GREAT character actor and does a great job with the roles he has done in the past. Having him as Freddie Mercury would just make sense!
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11:38AM on 03/15/2013

Sure

I'm always a little under impressed by Hooper's work, i thought both "Les Miserables" and "The King's Speech" couldve been better under someone else direction. But then again they couldve also been much worse. So he's not too bad. I'm just excited to see SBC as Mercury

Favorite Queen Song: Dont Stop Me Now
its one of those songs that will always put you in a really good mood whenever you hear it. But asking me to pick my favorite is a hard thing to ask someone
I'm always a little under impressed by Hooper's work, i thought both "Les Miserables" and "The King's Speech" couldve been better under someone else direction. But then again they couldve also been much worse. So he's not too bad. I'm just excited to see SBC as Mercury

Favorite Queen Song: Dont Stop Me Now
its one of those songs that will always put you in a really good mood whenever you hear it. But asking me to pick my favorite is a hard thing to ask someone
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11:38AM on 03/15/2013
This is a biopic I have been waiting for sometime for. As for favorite song, there is something about Somebody to Love that is just awesome.
This is a biopic I have been waiting for sometime for. As for favorite song, there is something about Somebody to Love that is just awesome.
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11:24AM on 03/15/2013
Under pressure, the bass line that vanilla ice stole and popularized for this generation
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11:23AM on 03/15/2013

They should take it further

They should include his bout with AIDS, considering that his final years and legacy surrounded that aspect of his life. Per the extra tidbit: Bohemian Rhapsody, the Flash theme song and Princes of the Universe.
They should include his bout with AIDS, considering that his final years and legacy surrounded that aspect of his life. Per the extra tidbit: Bohemian Rhapsody, the Flash theme song and Princes of the Universe.
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10:10AM on 03/15/2013
Hooper would make for a great choice. He would make the movie that much better.

Extra Tidbit - Tie between We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, I Want To Break Free, Who Wants To Live Forever, and Don't Stop Me Now.
Hooper would make for a great choice. He would make the movie that much better.

Extra Tidbit - Tie between We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, I Want To Break Free, Who Wants To Live Forever, and Don't Stop Me Now.
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10:02AM on 03/15/2013
Extra tidbit: it's a tie between "Another Bites The Dust", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "The Theme from Flash Gordon" and "Who Wants to Live Forever (ost. Highlander)".
Extra tidbit: it's a tie between "Another Bites The Dust", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "The Theme from Flash Gordon" and "Who Wants to Live Forever (ost. Highlander)".
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