I’ve always been a big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen, from his days as Ali G (AIGHT), through to his turns as Borat and Bruno, and with his next film, The Dictator, around the corner, I’m getting a Cohen overload.
The man is a comedic genius, and he knows exactly what buttons to push to get a response out of his audience. But is he any good as a dramatic actor? That remains to be seen, as he prepares to rock audiences as the late, great Queen front man, Freddy Mercury.
Stephen “High Fidelity” Frears is currently looking likely to get the directing gig, with the film having the backing of surviving Queen members, Brian May Roger Taylor and John Deacon, Variety reports.
It sounds like your typical biopic so far, with the film being centered around the formative years of Queen, ending in their legendary performance for Live Aid back in 1985.
Mercury passed away back in 1991, due to AIDS related complications. With the original band working with the film producers, an authentic Queen Score looks likely, although whether or not Cohen can stretch his vocal chords to the stars to emulate Mercury, is unknown.
Cohen certainly shares a few similarities with the late Mercury, such as flamboyance, facial hair and strange outfits. This should interesting to see develop.
Last Updated: May 10, 2012