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Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Freddie Mercury Movie

Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Freddie Mercury Movie

By JACKIE WILLIS

July 23, 2013

After years in development, Sacha Baron Cohen is walking away from his real-life role as Freddie Mercury.

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Baron, 41, reportedly dropped out of the movie over creative differences with Mercury's band Queen. According to Deadline, the group was looking for a more PG-rated biopic while Cohen wanted to star in a "gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer."

It's said that Cohen, who was heading up the project well before it's thought he had consulted the band, was seeking out directors including David Fincher (The Social Network) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) to sign onto the film. Currently, according to Deadline, "Graham King and Tim Headington are producing with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and Queen Films."

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