Sacha Baron Cohen Will Play Freddie Mercury: Confirmed!

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Rumors have abounded for years that acting chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen was going to play Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a biopic. Producer Graham King has confirmed that fact and stated that filming will begin in 2012.

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King, the man behind The Departed, The Town, Rango and this week’s release of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, has stated that his next project will in fact be the life story of the legendary rock front man and Cohen is his guy to portray Mercury.

As the producer of Hugo, King was witness to the actor’s incredible range in that Scorsese film (stay tuned for our Hugo review this week). And we at Movie Fanatic can think of no better performer to capture the icon that is Freddie Mercury.

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Sacha Baron Cohen has been well known since his television show on HBO, but really became a household name with his movie Borat. The comedian expanded his acting resume with a fun role in Sweeney Todd and was even nominated for an Oscar. He's also starred in the comedies Bruno, The Dictator, and will be playing a big role in 2012's Les Miserables.

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