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Sascha Baron Cohen Drops Out of Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Sascha Baron Cohen (Les Miserables, The Dictator) was slated to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, but the actor has dropped out, citing creative differences with Queen. The members of Queen have power of final script and director’s approval and, reportedly, their vision was not in line with Cohen’s. According to Deadline, the band is looking to tell a PG version of reality, while Cohen wanted a “gritty R-rated tell-all” about Mercury’s life.

No word yet on who will replace Cohen in the role. Who do you think should play Freddie Mercury?

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