Sacha Baron Cohen Freddie Mercury movie
Wow wow wee waa! Sacha Baron Cohen set to play Freddie Mercury.
Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to portray Freddie Mercury in an upcoming film about the musical group Queen. The movie is being penned by Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplays for Oscar-nominated films like The Queen and Frost/Nixon.
The untitled film will tell the tale of the Mercury-led band Queen and culminates with the group’s appearance at Live Aid back in 1985, which is generally regarded as one of the greatest live rock performances ever. It will not focus on Mercury’s tragic AIDS-related death in 1991, but if it does it could end up being a critically acclaimed performance by Cohen.
Cohen demonstrated that he can actually sing in Tim Burton’s film version of the macabre musical Sweeney Todd back in 2007, although it is possible that his performance will be dubbed over with Mercury’s vocals. It also helps that Sacha bears a shocking resemblance to Mercury.
While Cohen is best known for his comical performance art acts like Borat or Bruno, he is generally recognized as a solid acting talent. The role of Freddy Mercury could be a change of pace for the comedian and will allow him the opportunity to show off his dramatic performance chops. I for one, can’t wait to see the artist formerly known as Borat sing, “I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango?!”