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Sacha Baron Cohen ready to play late Queen singer Freddy Mercury

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He’ll be the champion, my friends. And he’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end.

We’re talking about funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen, who has signed on to play Queen frontman Freddy Mercury in a planned biopic, according to Reuters. The project has no director at thie time, but will work off a script penned by Peter Morgan, writer of “The Queen” and Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Hereafter.”

The picture, which will shoot early next year, reportedly focuses on Queen’s highest moments, culminating with the band’s 1985 performance at Live Aid. It’s unclear whether the film will follow all the way through to Mercury’s death. He died in 1991 at the age of 45, after battling AIDS for years.

We know Cohen is funny. This project will tell us if he can act. And, I presume, if he can sing.

More details on the Freddy Mercury project as they emerge.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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