Borat Star Signs On To Play Freddie Mercury
Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedic actor and writer behind Borat and Da Ali G Show, will hit the silver-screen again soon, this time taking on a more dramatic roll as the late [lastfm]Queen[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm]Freddie Mercury[/lastfm].
GK Films, Tribeca Productions and Queen Films will be overseeing Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan as he pens the script for the currently untitled biopic. The film is said to focus on the years leading up to the group’s historic performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, where an energetic Mercury worked up the crowd at one of the most famous concerts in rock and roll history.
In a release, GK Film’s Graham King says: “Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself. Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.”
Production is expected to begin on the film sometime in 2011 and the project does have the blessing of Mercury’s estate, as well as that of his Queen bandmates guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon.
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