Borat actor to portray Queen frontman in biopic

Sacha Baron Cohen takes on Freddie Mercury role

Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to portray Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a forthcoming film.

The actor, widely known for his Borat and Ali G characters, has agreed to play the flamboyant singer in the as-yet-untitled biopic.

The film will chronicle Mercury‘s music, lifestyle and untimely death in 1991 due to AIDS complications.


Cohen beat out actor Johnny Depp to the role, according to the Mirror.

“Film makers are working flat out to get the best possible script,” said an unidentified source. “Sacha loves the idea he can get away with playing Freddie after modelling Borat’s look on him.”

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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