Sacha Baron Cohen was heart-set to play the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a bio pic on the musician, but the remaining members of the band, who have script and director approval, didn’t see eye-to-eye with the actor over content. So, sadly, Cohen has pulled out of the project. Seems the band wants to make a PG movie about Queen, while Cohen had in mind an R-rated tell-all centered around the gay singer, making him more… mercurial. It’s going to be hard to find another actor who has the chops to portray Freddie Mercury, and also bears such an astonishingly strong resemblance. Cohen had brought in various writers and directors, including David Fincher and Tom Hooper, to develop it for him. None were approved. (via deadlinehollywood)
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The last known photo of Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury, taken in 1991. Mercury died in London on November 24 that year of broncho-pneumonia resulting from AIDS. He was 45.