In addition to the small problem of not being able to find a guy to direct it, the Freddie Mercury biopic is now dealing with the snag of losing its leading man. Sacha Baron Cohen has decided to leave the project after not seeing eye-to-eye with the surviving members of Queen about the tone of the film. Cohen wanted to tell a gritty and adult tale about the late singer and his band. However, Queen felt it should be more family-friendly and they have final say.
That’s the one thing you’ve got to know about Cohen. If he’s denied the opportunity to rub his balls in some guy’s face, he’s just gonna go home. (Deadline)