Katy Perry denies girlfriend role in Freddie Mercury biopic

The singer denies being cast as Freddie Mercury's girlfriend in a film about the Queen star's life

Katy Perry has denied being cast in an upcoming film about Freddie Mercury.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Perry was being lined up to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming biopic. Perry was rumoured to be taking the role of Mary Austin, a former girlfriend of the notoriously promiscuous Queen star. Mercury had a long-term relationship with Austin in the 1970s and the pair remained close friends until his death in 1991.

However, Perry has now dismissed the rumour, telling E!: “There’s something about the internet that’s sort of funny – it’s that nothing is true on there. Although I do like the association and I like the company because I think Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious.”

The Freddie Mercury biopic, starring Baron Cohen as the late singer, is being scripted by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind The Queen and Frost/Nixon. The film is currently in development, with input from Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Last year, Perry voiced the role of Smurfette in a 3D film version of The Smurfs. She has also made guest appearances in several TV shows and films, including this year’s The Muppets . Her 3D concert documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, opens in UK cinemas on July 5.