Stories about a potential biopic based on Freddie Mercury have been circulating around the internet for a while now. Late last month, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) left the project, and was soon followed by screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Cohen’s departure from the project was later explained by Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor who said that Sacha wasn’t “right in the end” to play Mercury, further adding that they [Queen] didn’t want it to be a “joke”.
Fresh off the rumor mill now are talks of Dominic Cooper being taken on for playing the legendary Queen front-man. Dominic Cooper is famous for his role in 2011’s ‘The Devil’s Double’ where he plays Saddam Hussein’s son and Latif Yahia; his double – but you probably know him as the guy who played Howard Stark and Henry Sturges in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ respectively.
According to reports, not only does Dominic Cooper look the part, but he’s also got the vocal chops to play a convincing Freddie Mercury. Even though Cooper delivered a solid performance in The Devil’s Double, he still has a lot to prove. Whether he proves to be the right decision or not, we’ll only know once we see the biopic – which really won’t happen until it’s done.
With still no confirmed actor for the lead role late into 2013 and the screenwriter leaving the project, it’s safe to say that the biopic won’t be meeting its originally announced early 2014 release.
Brian May and Roger Taylor are still eager to complete the project – when we’ll get to see the biopic, or who will end up playing Freddie Mercury is a little too early to know at this point. We’ll keep you updated on future developments regarding the movie on the immortal Queen vocalist.