Screen Junkies » Freddie Mercury http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:56:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ben Whishaw, Who Looks A Little Like Freddie Mercury, Will Play Freddie Mercury In His Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-whishaw-who-looks-a-little-like-freddie-mercury-will-play-freddie-mercury-in-his-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-whishaw-who-looks-a-little-like-freddie-mercury-will-play-freddie-mercury-in-his-biopic/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:02:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258306 If it's not an origin story called 'Mercury Rising', I'm chucking my laptop against the wall.

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After rumors had long attached Borat‘s Sacha Baron Cohen to the role of the late Queen frontman, he distanced himself from the project after Queen members he might not give Mercury the respect he deserves. It’s a bit odd that they think Cohen would just take a serious biopic and turn it into a Bruno-level game of grabass, but whatever. They’re Queen, and they’ve earned the right to make rash decisions.

The guy that WILL play Mercury is Ben Whishaw, who I hadn’t heard of, but does look something like Mercury. So that’s something. Whishaw has rock film experience with the Dylan pseudo-biopic I’m Not There, and in the sci-fi Cloud Atlas.

The film will cover the band’s rise through its 1985 Live Aid performance, which many considered it’s last great stand, (aside from the Legendary Concert for Life).

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Sacha Baron Cohen Flamboyantly Struts Away From Freddie Mercury Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohen-flamboyantly-struts-away-from-freddie-mercury-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohen-flamboyantly-struts-away-from-freddie-mercury-biopic/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:20:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255964 There just wasn't enough male nudity for his tastes.

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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)

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Sacha Baron Cohen Warming Pipes For Queen Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/queen-biopic-ramping-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/queen-biopic-ramping-up/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:39:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15738 It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing it straight(ish) in the newly confirmed Freddie Mercury biopic.

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It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing it straight(ish) in the newly confirmed Freddie Mercury biopic, set for a late 2011 start date and a 2012 release. Baron has long expressed interested in playing the Queen frontman, and yesterday, guitarist Brian May, who has long been involved with the project, confirmed that the development is moving along nicely, with the script having already gone through one draft from screenwriter Peter Morgan.

The Freddie Mercury bio is just one of two Queen films in pre-development. The other is We Will Rock You, a “jukebox musical” featuring the songs of Queen. Sounds like Cohen would be a welcome addition to that project as well, albeit in a more Bruno/Borat fashion.

Cohen is widely considered to be an inspired choice both in terms of appearance, and a penchant for showmanship. The role of Freddie Mercury will require a particularly fearless actor, and Cohen has shown through his groundbreaking comedy that he fits the bill. Further, Freddie Mercury costumes will seem downright modest when compared to the garb Cohen often finds himself wearing.

Despite Mercury being such a huge star in his era, later generations know very little of the influential rocker/showman. Consequently, this film could be viewed as essential viewing to anyone with a fondness for pop music over the past 30 years, which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone. (/Film)

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Very Nice: Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Queen Front Man Freddie Mercury http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/very-nice-sacha-baron-cohen-to-play-queen-front-man-freddie-mercury/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/very-nice-sacha-baron-cohen-to-play-queen-front-man-freddie-mercury/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, Deadline is reporting. The film will be written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), and will be financed by GK Films, in conjunction with several other companies including Queen Films, which is made up of the surviving members of Queen. Production will begin in 2011. Will Cohen be able to pull off the flamboyantly gay showman that was Freddie Mercury? Considering his character of Brüno makes Mercury look like Pat Robinson, I'm assuming he'll do just fine. In fact, if my understanding of Mercury is accurate, it will be a lot like the Brüno movie, except instead of being Austrian he'll be British, and instead of having a happy ending he'll die of AIDS. Basically Brüno meets Philadelphia.

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Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, Deadline is reporting. The film will be written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), and will be financed by GK Films, in conjunction with several other companies including Queen Films, which is made up of the surviving members of Queen. Production will begin in 2011.

Will Cohen be able to pull off the flamboyantly gay showman that was Freddie Mercury? Considering his character of Brüno makes Mercury look like Pat Robinson, I’m assuming he’ll do just fine. In fact, if my understanding of Mercury is accurate, it will be a lot like the Brüno movie, except instead of being Austrian he’ll be British, and instead of having a happy ending he’ll die of AIDS. Basically Brüno meets Philadelphia.

 

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