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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 07:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury Baron Cohen had been on board for two years, Brian May said
Ali G and Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury in a film about Queen, the rock band's guitarist Brian May has confirmed to the BBC.

"We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he's been talking with us for a long time," May told the HARDtalk show.

Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan is writing the screenplay, he added.

The film, which will focus on the period leading up to Live Aid in 1985, will begin shooting next year.

"I think we'll try and keep ourselves out of it as much as we can," May said.

Baron Cohen had been "on this project since we started talking about it seriously with Peter Morgan a couple of years ago," he added.

May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor will oversee music featured in the film, which will include songs by the band and by Mercury as a solo performer.

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Graham King, of GK Films, which is co-producing the movie along with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's production company Tribeca, said Queen was "a music brand all unto itself".

"Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer so with Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success."

Morgan, whose previous works include the Oscar-nominated screenplays for The Queen and Frost/Nixon, is already working on the script for the as-yet-untitled project.

Queen's 21-minute appearance at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium featured Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions and Radio Ga Ga. It is considered to be one of the classic rock performances.

The HARDtalk interview with Brian May will be broadcast on BBC World News on Thursday 23 September and the BBC News Channel on Friday 24 September.


source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11340336

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 08:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Focussing on the '80s alone automatically disqualifies this film from any serious consideration. If this is what they're going to do, it won't be a bio-pic, but just another poorly constructed pseudo-concert film á la "Spice Girls: The Movie".


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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 08:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OMFG I CANT BELIEVE THEY ARE MAKEING A MOVIE ABOUT FREDDIE MERCURY!!!!!!!!!!! IM SO EXITED ^_^ ^_^
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WE ALL NEED TO HAVE A QUEENZONE MEET-UP AND GO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh wait, is it gonna be in the cinema?

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 08:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lifetimefanofqueen wrote: oh wait, is it gonna be in the cinema?
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My guess is that copies of the DVD will be given away free with The Sun and News of the World, or used as coasters at the WWRY musical.


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ThomasQuinn wrote: Focussing on the '80s alone automatically disqualifies this film from any serious consideration. If this is what they're going to do, it won't be a bio-pic, but just another poorly constructed pseudo-concert film á la "Spice Girls: The Movie".
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It's proposed to be formation through Live Aid, and there's enough story there to something substantial.  However. With the heavy hand of the rest of the band (new entity called 'Queen Films') along with the period chosen, I suspect there's going to be bit of a whitewash. To do this kind of film really well, or any biographical work really well,  you need arm's length from people who have an investment in how everybody comes out looking.  Whether it's offensive to Freddie's mother or not shouldn't be an issue, which is one reason intimated in the past by Brian for previous conceptions never getting off the ground.   Freddie's illness and death and the secrecy around it was not only his story, it was a story of those times.  Seems a shame and a bit forced to exclude it altogether.

Still, on balance, I'm happy this is coming.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 10:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GratefulFan wrote: ThomasQuinn wrote: Focussing on the '80s alone automatically disqualifies this film from any serious consideration. If this is what they're going to do, it won't be a bio-pic, but just another poorly constructed pseudo-concert film á la "Spice Girls: The Movie".
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It's proposed to be formation through Live Aid, and there's enough story there to something substantial.  However. With the heavy hand of the rest of the band (new entity called 'Queen Films') along with the period chosen, I suspect there's going to be bit of a whitewash. To do this kind of film really well, or any biographical work really well,  you need arm's length from people who have an investment in how everybody comes out looking.  Whether it's offensive to Freddie's mother or not shouldn't be an issue, which is one reason intimated in the past by Brian for previous conceptions never getting off the ground.   Freddie's illness and death and the secrecy around it was not only his story, it was a story of those times.  Seems a shame and a bit forced to exclude it altogether.

Still, on balance, I'm happy this is coming.
Exactly my opinion too. I would add to this: how can you make a film without featuring the excessive nature of the band? I would like to see a film that is truthful in that respect - not a film where the subject matter is dumbed down because it would effect the legacy of the band. To edit stuff out like that would be a crime... They were a wild and excessive lot: fact.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 11:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

don't have a good feeling about this movie.....what are they gonna do?.....make freddie out to be a saint who never snorted coke, had sex with men.  doesn't show him during the Innuendo sessions, and how sick he was because it might upset his mother?.....  If they're going to do this they must show everything.  The main story should be the Music, cos that's what made them great, but you can't Exclude the rest of the stuff all together.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 11:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

just seen a picture of the guy who's gonna play freddie.....good choice for sure.  looks like him from the pic I saw.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mike hunt wrote: just seen a picture of the guy who's gonna play freddie.....good choice for sure.  looks like him from the pic I saw. You wouldn't think he was a good choice if you saw any of his movies....


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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One article says they're not going to portray Freddie's struggle with AIDS and his last days, so covering his life and career and finishing at Live Aid is good approach.

What will make or break this movie is how they deal with the subject matter, not what years they cover. I hope they tell the story in a compelling way, looking at a unique artist, his struggles both in and out of the studio, and his love of life. It's a biopic, not a documentary, so expect some liberties to be taken and some details left out.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 18:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As much as i love the idea behind such a film, i am quite worried about the facts that will be surrounding the plot. Knowing that it will be an American film, we tend to only focus on issues such as Freddie being gay. I hate to be one to hate on a film that has yet to be released but knowing the documentaries of the past discourages me about how the film will portray Freddie as an individual. I dont want to be stuck watching another film that only revolves around his lifestyle. He was much more than who they make him out to be. He was an artist, a genius and for lack of a better word, an outrageous performer.

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Posted: 17 Sep 10, 20:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Borat + Bruno = Freddie Mercury


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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 07:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GratefulFan wrote: ThomasQuinn wrote: Focussing on the '80s alone automatically disqualifies this film from any serious consideration. If this is what they're going to do, it won't be a bio-pic, but just another poorly constructed pseudo-concert film á la "Spice Girls: The Movie".
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It's proposed to be formation through Live Aid, and there's enough story there to something substantial.  However. With the heavy hand of the rest of the band (new entity called 'Queen Films') along with the period chosen, I suspect there's going to be bit of a whitewash. To do this kind of film really well, or any biographical work really well,  you need arm's length from people who have an investment in how everybody comes out looking.  Whether it's offensive to Freddie's mother or not shouldn't be an issue, which is one reason intimated in the past by Brian for previous conceptions never getting off the ground.   Freddie's illness and death and the secrecy around it was not only his story, it was a story of those times.  Seems a shame and a bit forced to exclude it altogether.

Still, on balance, I'm happy this is coming.
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Ah well, at least it would be an excuse to start writing an actual history of Queen rather than the pop-journalist crap we've had to make do with 'till now.


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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am very much looking forward to this film. One thing that I am curious about: "Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer so with Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success."


What's the real story? :D I thought that I knew the real story or have I just been fed lies? :D :D :D

GratefulFan wrote: "However. With the heavy hand of the rest of the band (new entity called 'Queen Films') along with the period chosen, I suspect there's going to be bit of a whitewash. To do this kind of film really well, or any biographical work really well, you need arm's length from people who have an investment in how everybody comes out looking. Whether it's offensive to Freddie's mother or not shouldn't be an issue, which is one reason intimated in the past by Brian for previous conceptions never getting off the ground. Freddie's illness and death and the secrecy around it was not only his story, it was a story of those times. Seems a shame and a bit forced to exclude it altogether.

Still, on balance, I'm happy this is coming."

I completely agree. While I don't think that they should sensationalize Freddie's sexuality and his death, it should not be ignored and I think it should given the priority that it deserves.

Planetgurl wrote: "Exactly my opinion too. I would add to this: how can you make a film without featuring the excessive nature of the band? I would like to see a film that is truthful in that respect - not a film where the subject matter is dumbed down because it would effect the legacy of the band. To edit stuff out like that would be a crime... They were a wild and excessive lot: fact."

Absolutely. For one thing, they have to include the 1978 Halloween party! :D It would be an extraordinary thing to witness, although many people might question its factual basis.

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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If I don't see a midget with a coke hat on, I'll be disappointed.


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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote: "If I don't see a midget with a coke hat on, I'll be disappointed."


Me too. :D Add to that female mud wrestlers, snakes and other such perversities!

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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 16:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember when I first saw the video called "Super Greg" by Sasha I thought he looked alot like Freddie (minus the unibrow) . I read Johnny Depp was interested in the part. Even though I'm a big fan of Depp, I feel Sasha is the better choice. here's the vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8wrIgbiCgs


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Posted: 18 Sep 10, 20:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are they doing an extended version of “Saturday Night Live” parody sketch? ..because, this is the only setting Cohen can be considered somewhat adequate to portray Freddie.

What a shame?!


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Posted: 20 Sep 10, 23:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it is awesome to have a movie about Freddie! I think Sacha will do a great job on it. Beside looking a bit like Freddie, I think that he is a strong actor. He obviously is a great character actor. I wonder what he is like in real life. If you read this Sacha, please have the utmost respect for this part. Freddie was loved my many, many people. He changed everything musically for me as a kid. After burning holes in my Night at The Opera 8 track, everything I listened to after that was totally different than anything before. Except for Elton John maybe. This has my blessing.

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The movie is about "Queen", not just Freddie.  I love Freddie with all my heart as a person, man and entertainer and have read as many books about him as I could find.  I have cried (not literally) through several of the revelations about his pain and  troubles - and been equally  uplifted by his triumphs and successes - both personal and professional.  If you need to know more about Freddie than the movie portrays, by the books. 

Brian, Roger and John shared in the Queen story - each bringing their unique talents and personalities to make Queen what it was and is.  The interactions of these Four intelligent gentlemen during their  twenties and thirties as (in my opinion) The Greatest  Band Ever, will and can make a great movie.  I hope it lives up to their expectations. 

Can't wait to see it.  Sacha is a good choice - but how tall is the actor playing Brian going to be - my god, I think Sacha is 6'4""