Freddie Mercury biopic writer says Sacha Baron Cohen-starring film will be a ‘family movie’

Peter Morgan says Queen film will examine the band's relationships

Screenwriter Peter Morgan has spoken about what fans should expect from his biopic of Queen singer Freddie Mercury, which will star Sacha Baron Cohen.

The Frost/Nixon writer said that the film’s subject matter will not revolve around Mercury’s contraction of AIDS and is in fact more concerned with the frontman’s relationship with his bandmates.

He told Cinemablend.com: “I didn’t want to write an AIDS movie, to be honest with you. And then, I just looked at the period. It’s sort of where he rejects [the other members of Queen] and comes back to them.”

He added: “It’s sort of like a family movie. It’s sort of like I hate my family, I want to be independent, and then I come back.”

Morgan also explained that the film’s producers – surviving Queen band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon – are giving him advice, though he’s unsure “how much they’ll like what I write”.

It has already been confirmed that the film will feature a re-staging of the 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium.