Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
LONDON -- "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about flamboyant rock star Freddie Mercury, producers said Friday.
Peter Morgan, who wrote "The Queen," is working on a screenplay about the frontman of the band Queen, who died of AIDS in 1991.
The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen's barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London.
The announcement was made by GK Films, which is producing with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
Production is due to begin next year.
Founded in 1971 by Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Queen scored hits with songs including "We Are the Champions," ''We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."
May told the BBC that the band supports the project.
He said the choice of Baron Cohen, creator of wannabe rapper Ali G, Kazakh journalist Borat and Austrian fashionista Bruno, "will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he's been talking with us for a long time."
"He's been in on this project since we started talking about it seriously with Peter Morgan a couple of years ago." May said.
Baron Cohen's latest film is Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret."