Sacha Baron Cohen toch Freddie Mercury in biopic?

Freddie Mercury en Sacha Baron Cohen

Freddie Mercury en Sacha Baron Cohen

Er gaan al jaren geruchten over een biopic over Freddie Mercury, de lead-singer van rockband Queen. Sacha Baron Cohen werd steeds in verband gebracht met de hoofdrol. Hij verliet in 2013 echter het project wegens creatieve meningsverschillen.

Jim Beach, de manager van Queen vertelde echter dat Cohen nu opnieuw zou zijn benaderd om de rol te spelen, alsmede de film te schrijven, produceren en regisseren:

“You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

Bandlid Brian May plaatste hierna een bericht op zijn website waarin hij beweert dat het allemaal een grap was. Tevens liet hij weten dat hij Sasha niet geschikt vindt voor de rol:“What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t that could really happen with Sacha. It’s a shame that there were these sensationalist stories about him walking out. None of that was true, because we owe Sacha a lot. He had so much enthusiasm for the project and it really helped us kick it into the start position.”