Film now due for a 2014 release
He confirms that the film – starring comedian and Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen as the singer – will be ready for release in 2014, following some setbacks.
Brian May says: “The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie.”
He adds: “The film should be ready for release early in 2014. We did make some other plans, but they will have to stay under wraps for now. Being in Queen is – bizarrely – as full of surprising twists and turns as ever – 40 years since we first got together, and 20 years after losing Freddie. But of course Freddie is in so many ways very much alive. He must be wryly smiling somewhere!!!”
The Freddie Mercury biopic 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.