Tom Hooper May Direct the Freddie Mercury Biopic

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After directing two critically-acclaimed hit films in the past two years, Tom Hooper’s name has suddenly vaulted to the top of many projects’ short lists. With a Best Director Oscar (The King’s Speech) already on his mantle, Hooper has certainly earned the respect of his peers – but more importantly, he’s earned the trust of the studios.

That trust will likely turn into more high-profile offers, which means a bigger paycheck; it also means Hooper can afford to be more choosy with his next project. And that next project may very well be a Freddie Mercury biopic that is being put together by Sony Pictures and GK Films.

Deadline is reporting that the untitled project and Hooper may be a match. The studio hasn’t made a formal offer yet, but if Hooper likes what he sees from Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) script – which has been with Sony for some time – he may jump at the chance to tell the rock legend’s life story.

Sacha Baron Cohen, who worked with Hooper on Les Miserables, has been set to star as the charismatic Queen frontman for a couple of years now. Moviegoers who only know Cohen from Borat may scoff at the casting, but he proved he has some pipes in Les Mis, and bears somewhat of a resemblance to Mercury, if he bulks up a bit.

Hooper seems like a near perfect fit as well. He’s already directed a historical drama (that was part biopic) and a sprawling epic musical. The Mercury story would certainly include both of those elements.

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Of course, fans of Mercury and of Queen will  be extremely sensitive to who is cast and who is hired to direct, considering that Mercury was not only one of the greatest rock singers of all-time – a man who deserves a fitting tribute – but also an icon that tragically died well before his time, due to AIDS. However, if Cohen and Hooper join forces to tell Mercury’s story, most fans will probably be happy with the result.

Will Hooper choose to direct the Freddie Mercury story? We’re not sure if he’s a Queen fan, but we do know that this project would be in the director’s wheelhouse.


As always, we’ll keep you up to speed on this Freddie Mercury Movie as it develops.

Source: Deadline 

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  1. Bah, no. Les Miserables was good because of the music but King’s Speech was unbearably boring. A Freddie Mercury biopic needs some panache, not long shots of negative space.

    • The king of speech wasn’t boring
      Les miserable was not great but it was a good movie
      Hell, I cried in the end

  2. Ben Stiller can play Fred Mercury and sing like a Rockstar like him.

  3. Baron cohen is a poor casting decision, he’s talented enough, but physically nothing like mercury, he has a certain charm and charisma but not Freddie Mercury charm and charisma.

    • hE is a talented con man granted, for that is what he mad e his name doing
      Portraying a totally unbelievable simply stupid character he made up based upon his scorn for certain types of people
      Born of hatred his characters are conceived in an atmosphere of scornfulness and con their victims.
      Ever tried acting stupid? That what Cohen is good at
      But he cannot truly act in the conventional sense, his motivation is celebrated born of hatred
      He is a consumers judgments list and delights in pointing the finger at fools by playing fools.
      Now you see his secret, understand it.

  4. I love Queen and I love Freddie, I only hope that whoever plays him and whoever direct the film shows some respect to Mercury’s life

  5. I have not been a fan of Cohen at all but I think he’d be strangely perfect as Mercury and a bio like this is right in Hooper’s wheelhouse…
    Granted I probably wouldn’t rush to see this in the theater but I’ll def check it out when it hits Blu-ray.

    • He is the only face out in the open in recent memory who has black hair and has wore a moustache

      He is the vilest of choices to play Freddie
      He cannot act any normal role
      Freddie as well as entertaining you with one of the greatest ever rock star sage persona’s was also a real human being, a very seriously studied artist and musician, to equate him identify him a black hair and moustache is an insult
      To forever scar him with being portrayed by a lucky fool like Cohen is the most heinous of insults
      To seriously propose telling his very life’s story by using such a unskilled unconvincing non actor lucky fool ho made it big as Cohen
      Is the lowest of the low

  6. I think that this is a really good combination!

    Cohen is an awesome comedian and as we have seen many times before, comedians can create moving dramatic performances, Hooper has proved he can produce both

    Win in my opinion

    • It is an farce
      Freddie deserves better
      Freddie deserves an actor equal to his talents as a musician to portray him in a movie about his life
      Freddie does not deserve such a pantomime performer as Cohen, who’s acting depth does not exist,who’s range is pantomime plagiarism and utter conceit and blogging his way on the back of a politically motivated sole success called BORAT who just happen to have black hair and a moustache.

  7. i dont see why these people thing he’s so bad for the part (speaking of Sasha) I think If he fully committed to the role, took the time to read up the histroy of Queen, Freddy’s mannerisms, ect. He’d pull him off damn well!

    I can see him being a serious actor if he wanted too. It’s only if the role is right.

    and this role is right. Perfect casting.
    I have yet to hear him sing, but still.

    And I don’t care who directs, as long as the director gets the vision,

    and to let everyone know on here. we’re all fortune this is being made, its been in development hell for some time now because of the band members not signing off on a couple occasions…

    I’m happy its coming (later than sooner, assumed)

    • Damn lowest of the low
      Freddie was a real person you know?
      This movie is meant to be about his real life not just his stage persona
      Cohen can’t act, he is useless he is a pantomime actor Freddie was a real person with a real life before he was murdered by aids drugs
      I cannot conceive how unserious ly everybody seems to take his very life story
      Queen have driven a stake through my heart with their utter contempt for Freddie by ignorantly proposing someone who cannot hope to convert any serious human quality ,any insight into the great man Freddie mercury a emotional genius that he was?

    • He cannot act ! That is the very point , he is abysmal ,he only convinces by portraying the unconvincing
      Freddie although he was a masterful stage persona, the persona he created was so full of intense exuberance , passion and emotion, that only a fully developed actor able to convey the total spectrum of human emotions in a believable way, plus someone who has the right body build and physical prowess to master both the costume and the physical movements convincingly can do the job without looking ridiculous!
      Kapone has all the ingredients and skills necessary to fulfil the task to perfection
      Cohen has none of them!

    • You are joking right?
      Cohen looks nothing like Freddie mercury, Cohen is old
      His facial features have no resemblance to Freddie’s, from chin to cheekbone to forehead shape, everything is different, eyes skin you name it.
      Not to mention his height and above all his persona, his persona even if he could act is totally wrong, he can never hope to bring anything from his self that becomes in any shape or form Freddie Mercury, and that is IF HE COULD ACT, which he can’t anyway.

  8. Sachs Baron Cohen is not only an excellent choice for the role in terms of acting, he is, quite simply, the only actor who can believably portray Freddy Mercury, appearance-wise. Anyone else would look ridiculously awful, like an SNL parody gone bad.

    The choice for director is A+ in my book, seeing as how “The King’s Speech” was a cinematic masterpiece.”

    • Cohen actually does like a snl actor gone bad though Lol and looks ridiculous as FREDDIE


  9. DE NIRO WAs AND IS BIgger that Tom Hooper
    If de Niro could not save COHEN
    Holland cannot
    Infant nobody however credible they may appear can seriously persuade anyone that COHEN do Freddie justice
    Not even the greatest actor in the world could rofl!

  10. Sacha Cohen isn’t fit to play a bit part speaking role in a soap opera for goodness sake he is the worst a list actor in the history of cinema, because he simply cannot act
    He is believable only as the unbelievable and nobody seems to get it even by now!