Sacha Baron Cohen Exits Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Sacha Baron Cohen has ankled GK Films’ untitled Freddie Mercury biopic over “creative differences,” his manager confirmed to Variety.

Cohen, who first signed on to the project in September of 2010, clashed with producers over the film’s tone. GK is producing in partnership with Robert De Niro’s and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods. and Queen Films.

News of Cohen’s departure was first reported by Variety sister publication Deadline.

Mercury, a native of Zanzibar, formed Queen in 1970 and served as lead singer until his death in 1991 at the age of 45. Queen has sold more than 170 million albums. Its best-known titles — all sporting powerful vocals from Mercury — include “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

WME and Forefront Media rep Cohen, who has been going full steam ahead on another project currently in pre-production at Paramount. Cohen wrote and plans to star in the untitled spy spoof, and has already taken a number of meetings with potential directors including Louis Leterrier and DJ Caruso.

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  1. Let Toby Kebbell take his place…

    • Carl says:

      Abiet a more sane idea and one thatmivat least wouldn’t have had to ridicule so much
      He is 6”2 and although more in the arena doesn’t actually have the exact face and is not THE ONE
      There can be only one and he is on my blog
      Do you get links from my name click it you will see, but then maybe they will not allow you to

  2. CarrollVC says:

    Mr. Baron Cohen could have done more than justice to Mr. Mercury – Baron Cohen is a formidable talent himself, with the perfect panache and vocal range to have brought Freddie to life again for many who are much too young to remember the man. I am sorry he does not just FIND a way to produce this himself!

  3. Mike0oSS says:

    Too bad Holliywood can’t just let the music speak for itself. Freddie would have been happy if it had.

  4. freecheese says:

    How many of the younger generation knows who Freddie Mercury is ? The generation that grew up on his music are too few to bother to buy tickets for this future flop.
    Other than his has-been music, he is known for nothing but his homosexual decadence an drug use. Entertainment is full of that.
    Why don’t they do a movie on Chuck Berry or James Brown ? There’s money there.

    • dennis brown says:

      Aside from his sick personal life he was perhaps one of the greatest voices of the time. I rate him in the top 5 with Elvis, Sinatra, Roy Orbison and Nat King Cole

  5. euge says:

    Freddie Mercury was a very nice guy. His talent is sorely missed

  6. Queen fan says:

    Damn. I was really looking forward to this.

    I wish they would release more details about the “tone” and what Sasha wanted changed about it. Did he want it to be darker, lighter, etc.? What kind of “tone” can you change about a bio-pic of a man who created a killer rock band and then died of AIDS? Do it justice or don’t do it at all.

  7. En says:

    Sounds like the studio wanted a pg13 bland movie and baron Cohen wanted to do it right or not at all.

  8. RoRo says:

    I think Anthony Wiener would make a great Freddie!

  9. CM says:

    They need Adam Lambert to play Freddie Mercury.

    • Ozlanthos says:

      Adam Lambert couldn’t carry Freddie Mercury’s microphone much less be able to do any of his work justice.

      -Oz

  10. GB says:

    Lame. Sacha would have killed it.

  11. ezbz says:

    Sacha could never do justice to Freddie Mercury anyway.

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