Boom, boom, psssh. Boom, boom, psshh. We will, we will, rock you! Sing it! Now that we’ve got you hype off some vintage Queen are you ready for this? A Freddie Mercury biopic is on the way. The lead singer of the group who was known for his signature fashion and songwriting skills is headed to the big screen — via Sacha Baron Cohen.
According to AP, Cohen just signed on to play Mercury in a film being penned by Peter Morgan who wrote The Queen (seriously, no pun intended). The story will span the founding of the band in 1971 by Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor and peak at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London. Mercury died in 1991 due to complications from the AIDS virus.
The film is currently untitled but we do know that it will feature some of Queen’s biggest hits including “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The best thing about the project is the fact that it has the surviving band members support. Brian May said the choice of Cohen “will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he’s been talking with us for a long time.”
It’s not a shock to me. They have a lot of the same features, body type, and hair. All he needs are some aviator glasses and some short shorts and he’s good. I can get behind this.
I couldn’t let this post go without putting in a video. Check out Queen in action performing “We Will Rock You.”
What do you think of Cohen playing Mercury in the biopic?