Sacha Baron Cohen’s Queen biopic given title

Shooting should begin next year, says producer Graham King

Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Queen movie has been given the title Mercury.

The Borat and Bruno star had been confirmed to play the iconic singer Freddie Mercury in a big screen biopic.

Now, producer Graham King has revealed that the film has been given a title. He told “I can tell you the working title is Mercury. Whether that ends up being the title of the movie we’re not sure yet.”


King, who is currently promoting the Martin Scorcese-directed Hugo, added: “He led such a big life and there’s just so much to tell. Then you’ve got all this fantastic music. You’ve got to fit that in. It’s not an easy one to put together but I’m pretty confident we’ll be shooting that next year.”

It has previously been suggested that the film will focus on the often strained relationship between Mercury and his Queen bandmates Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. There has been speculation that it will climax with a recreation of their famous 1985 performance at Live Aid.

Queen‘s 40th anniversary has been marked with a flurry of activity, including the reissue of all of their albums, a major exhibition in London, and numerous awards including an MTV EMA.


The Best Films of the Decade: The 2010s

As chosen by NME

The Best Songs Of The Decade: The 2010s

Here – after much debate – are the 100 very best songs of 2010s

The Best Albums of The Decade: The 2010s

Here it is: the ultimate guide to the 100 essential albums of the 2010s, picked, ranked and dissected by NME experts