Sacha Baron Cohen Out of Freddy Mercury Biopic
Both in terms of looks and acting abilities, Sacha Baron Cohen would seem like the ideal choice to play singer Freddy Mercury who passed away in 1991. But his participation in the planned film biography will not happen as the actor left the project. "Creative differences" are stated as the reason.
As Collider reports, the living band members obviously wanted to make a family-friendly film with a PG rating while Baron Cohen considered the "R" rating to be the more suitable classification and made this the condition that had to be met so that he would take over the main role.
While the lower rating would offer the opportunity to let a broader and especially also a younger audience come into contact with the music of "Queen", a more realistic portrait of the singer would be possible and potentially more interesting with the "R" rating. The countless parties, one night stands, drug use and detours to gay clubs should normally be the topics of the film that mainly focuses on Freddy Mercury and not on the band. But it seems that the band members don't want that the movie shows too much of that, it seems. If the movie only covers the time until the Live Aid concert in 1985, as it is currently planned, Mercury's AIDS infection is most likely not a big issue in the story. Also, the fact that the band members rejected potential directors such as David Fincher and Tom Hooper seems rather irritating from an artistic point of view.
The film's release was initially planned for 2014. It remains unclear if that deadline can be met after Sacha Baron Cohen left the project.