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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury!

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This could be amazing!

Sacha Baron Cohen has snagged the role of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming film to be produced in 2011!

The movie will center around the band's formative years all the way up to Queen's appearance at Live Aid in 1985.

So exciting! We love Queen and Sacha is great, too!

What do U think?

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60 comments to “Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury!”

  1. 1

    yes yes yes!!!!

  2. 2

    This is going to be AWESOME! Never thought of this particular casting, but now I can't imagine a better fit. CAN NOT WAIT!!!

  3. 3

    He's kinda tall….Freddie Mercury is a little bit shorter,I'm sure there are others who are probably exactly alike and maybe better than Sacha?

  4. 4

    Soooooo excited about this news! I read that Sasha was being considered as a candidate for Freddy and at the time I had just seen Sweeney Todd and was amazed by Sasha's brief, but wonderful role in that film and really impressed by his vocals - so I thought, 'Oh man - they *have* to cast Sasha! He's perfect!' Not only does he strongly resemble Freddy (even his teeth!), can sing wonderfully, but I think that Sasha totally has the acting chops to pull off the dramatic acting that will no doubt be required in a film about Freddy's life.
    So exciting!!! Hope everything comes to fruition and the movie turns out amazing performance(s) from everyone involved!

  5. 5

    I thought he already played a flaming queen? ;-)

  6. 6

    I guess he does have a bit of a resemblance.

  7. 7

    He's got that pouty bottom lip and those dark, sexy eyes. If he takes this seriously he could pull this off. AND a whole new generation will be exposed to the music of Queen beyond the usual 'stadium' hits. That alone is a win!

  8. 8

    I think he will actually pull this off really well!

  9. 9

    NO,NO,NO!! OH GOD NO!!

  10. 10

    Amazing! Freddie Mercury is just amazing, so talented.. can't wait for the film!

  11. 11

    He'll KILL in the role!

  12. 12

    Outstanding choice. I can't wait to see it!!!!!!

  13. 13

    i love queen but sasha im sure will do a good job if i can ever get the vision of his nose in the fat guys ass out my head …seriously ewww

  14. 14

    YES YES, OMG YEEEEEES!!!!! Took them long enough to make a full length feature :D

  15. 15

    OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!!!!
    This is the best thing I've heard in days !
    I love Queen so much !
    I'm so excited

  16. 16

    um … last time i looked freddie wasnt tall, straight, ugly and jewish…horrible casting..why do i think cohen must have a hand in producing.

  17. 17

    Early early EARLY OSCAR buzz already!!!!! SBC has been preparing his Oscar speech all DAY!!!

  18. 18

    This will be quite interesting to see. Sacha looks a bit like Freddie anyway. It'll be a nice change to see him in a serious role. This was a great choice in casting!

  19. 19

    wow…that is excellent casting!!!

  20. 20

    I'm skeptical. Sacha as Freddie? hmmm…we'll see.

  21. 21

    Oh boy! Sasha's great for the part, but I think that this is one time I would want dubbing. Sorry you didn't get the AI gig, Perez. The more I thought about it, the more I liked you for it. You get an A for effort, though.

  22. 22

    Yes! Love Queen & Fredy, First time I heard his voice. I fell in love.

  23. JuNoZ says – reply to this


    Sacha is a universal actor; I think he’ll do a stellar job as Freddie Mercury.

  24. 24

    I heard this as a rumor like 2 years ago and laughed because borat reminded me of freddie mercury, but now i'm hearing it again?
    there is nothing on imdb pro, which is where the most accurate information regarding upcoming films and such, so I'm thinking this is just another rumor.

  25. 25

    Re: nyalan – Yes!!!Finally someone sees what I'm seeing!Thank you buddy!

  26. 26

    If I was really really drunk I could see how he would be sexy

  27. 27

    Bring it! I want to see this. Love Queen and Freddie's voice.

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  29. 29

    AWESOME!!!!! I am a huge freddie fan and am overjoyed this is happening!!

  30. 30

    he is one of the greatest comedians of his generation. I haven't laughed more since Borat.He was also really good at Sweeney Todd

  31. 31

    he's going to be smashing. excellent casting.

  32. 32

    I think that's great!

    Sacha knows how to act and sing! He's a great choice :)

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  34. 34

    there could not be a better choice…he will be trasformed into Freddie Mercury…I see an Oscar nomination for what will be a riveting role

  35. 35

    well he does look exactly the same so makes sense.

  36. 36


  37. 37

    I'm so excited to see a movie about Queen - one of the best bands EVER! And I love Sasha, I'm there.

  38. 38

    Just like Freddy, Sacha is fearless, although I'm not particularly a fan of his. I wonder if he'll do his own singing, though.

  39. 39

    Seriously cannot wait for this! Couldn't think of a better actor for the job (:

  40. 40

    Great casting !

  41. 41

    I can see this. Hadn't thought about it before but Cohen would be a good choice. I'll go see this flick

  42. 42

    Do you really think the general public will go to a movie about some flagrant gay ass singer no matter how good he and the band were. All this open gayness is getting old and repulsive.

  43. 43

    Hell Yeah….he's going to be awesome in it.

  44. 44

    Re: Praire Dog – shut the fuck up who cares what you think.

    This sounds awesome and he does look a bit like Freddie so bring it on.

  45. jase says – reply to this


    He might pull off the look, but im not convinced he has the acting chops for this. And what about the voice? I guess he wont be doing his own singing like Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line.

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  47. 47

    good casting!

  48. 48

    Freddy Mercury was the epitome of musical showmanship. He was also a very tortured soul. I don't know if SBC has the talent to pull it off. If he does, it will bring awesome music to the forefront for a younger generation.

  49. 49

    Re: Praire Dog – I think you'll find millions of people will go and see this, Freddie Mercury was a legend and Queen one of the best bands of all time. May I remind you how well 'We Will Rock You' did and is still doing. Ignorant and homophobic is what you are love.

  50. @v@ says – reply to this


    Young Freddie kept himself in amazing ripped shape performing. Sacha's probably hitting the gym while I type. This is kind of a fascinating casting.

  51. 51

    Re: nyalan – right- because Hollywood is all about absolute accuracy. Ummmm…the guy who played Christ in Passion of the Christ was Catholic, not Jewish…Dogs don't really talk, Erin Brockovich had bigger tits than Julia Roberts!!!! What else will we uncover in the world of casting??????
    p.s. you seem to be in the severe minority about the casting soooooooo…..don't see the movie. Problem Solved.

  52. 52

    Adam Lambert would have been great. He has acting chops from the musicals he has been in…would have to tone it down for a drama, though. Anyways, maybe if this had not been so close to the beginning of his Big career..later on. Maybe he could play Elvis instead five or ten years down the road.

  53. 53

    this is gonna be amazing..he actually looks like freddie!! and sacha does some damn good acting..neone here seen sweeney todd?! =D

  54. 54

    This will be brilliant as long as they don't eff it up.

  55. 55

    Good idea! =]

  56. 56

    Freddy is pretty hard to replicate!!!
    He better be good.

  57. 57

    i have a feeling he will do him justice

  58. 58

    I heard a while ago Cohen beat out Depp (that wanted to play Freddie). Nice when Neil Fifer had to say about this casting choice. I guess he's a HUGE Queen Fan and really approved of Cohen getting the gig.

  59. shen! says – reply to this


    i am a huge fan of Queen, and worship my darling mr. mercury. I am not impressed. I know Sacha is a good actor…but I have to say, he already played an over the top character with a mustache…HELLO, BORAT?
    I am afraid I'm going to watch the movie and all I'm going to be thinking, is boratboratborat.

    I've been wanting this movie to be made forever. I wish Mika had auditioned. He sings AND looks like Freddie, a small amount.

  60. 60

    oh god……..not sure about that one!