Sacha Baron Cohen still set for Freddie Mercury biopic

The much anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic is still on the schedule for Sacha Baron Cohen and will begin production in 2012, confirms Cinema Blend.

Producer Graham King established the project’s status in a recent interview for his latest film with long-time collaborator Martin Scorsese, Hugo (in which Baron Cohen has a supporting role).

King said of Baron Cohen in the titular role:

“Who better to play Freddie Mercury than Sacha Baron Cohen? You never know [if a film will actually come together] until it’s done, but I’m hoping [he plays the part]. He’s so talented, and you see a side to him in Hugo that no one had ever seen before. Very emotional, and very heartfelt.”

Screenwriter Peter Morgan was on board last year though whether his script will still be used has not been confirmed. While King is confident he can get this film made, he’s also busy on a Tomb Raider reboot and a big screen adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys.

Discuss: Do you think Baron Cohen is a suitable Freddie?

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