Rumor Patrol: Dominic Cooper Circling Freddie Mercury Biopic

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The currently untitled Freddie Mercury biopic that is currently in development by Sony Pictures and GK Films has had something of a troubled time on its way to the full screen. At this point, as far as we know, the film doesn’t have a screenwriter, a director or a lead actor attached.

This wasn’t always the case. The role was originally going to be played by Sacha Baron Cohen, but that casting choice didn’t work out as Cohen wanted to make an R rated movie about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, whereas the remaining members of Queen (who have script approval) insisted upon it being PG and family-friendly. The script by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) was also vetoed by the band, as were the directors that Cohen brought onboard, including David Fincher (Fight Club) and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

None of this seems to bode very well for a memorable and honest biopic, since the PG rating would likely mean that his bisexuality would be glossed over and that other aspects of his life would be left out, most importantly his diagnosis with HIV and his later death from AIDs, since the film would end with Queen’s 1985 Live Aid concert. It’s been painful to see so much talent taking an interest in the film, only to be turned away, but a small silver lining has appeared with regards to the actor that might play the central role. According to a “trusted source” at Latino Review, Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is currently circling the Freddie Mercury biopic.

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There will probably be a somewhat skeptical response to this rumor, coming so soon after a rumor that Daniel Radcliffe had been offered the role was quickly shot down. That story originated with the Daily Star, a British tabloid that has an unfortunate reputation for fabricating news stories, but despite a mixed record Latino Review recently scored a major hit by revealing that Bradley Cooper was in line to voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. With that in mind, this latest Freddie Mercury rumor is at least worth some consideration.

Dominic Cooper has played a diverse number of roles in the past, including the charismatic Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (a role that he may be reprising for the sequel) and twin roles as Uday Hussein and his body double Latif Yahia in true-life thriller The Devil’s Double. You can hear what his singing voice sounds like by watching the jukebox musical Mamma Mia, in which he performed a duet of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love on Me” with Amanda Seyfried, but the most important thing is that we already know he can pull off a mustache.

Do you think that Cooper could be the actor who steps into Mercury’s shoes, or will the same creative differences that plagued Cohen prevent him from taking the role?


The Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic doesn’t yet have a release date, but we’ll keep you updated on the project as it develops.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. I can see how it’d work.

    Plus his stage role in The History Boys (and subsequent movie adaption) could lend extra credibility for those unsure because of his above mentioned roles. He was brilliant in that.

  2. How can you make an Freddie mercury biopic PG? The Guy did coke and had a wild side to him. The remaining band members just seem like a bunch of annoying pricks! PG? That’s like someone making a Richard Pryor biopic And making it G rated. You know there is no way in hell that could possibly happen.

    With that said I have no interest in seeing this. Bring on the 2pac and Janis Joplin biopics.

    • That’s the only worry I have, romanticizing the guy needlessly instead of telling it like it was.

      • You could make the argument that Freddie Mercury was quite a private person, so it’s disrespectful to make a biopic that digs too deep into his life. If that’s the case, though, then it’s surely better to make no biopic at all than to make a superficial, sugarcoated one.

    • Why attack Freddie and Queen members? If you are this negative maybe you shouldn’t watch the movie when it’s released. I’m afraid you wouldn’t like anyone playing Freddie or anything about this movie. Sad for you.

      • The reason for attacking them is obvious. They are going to turn what should be an awesome biopic into a watered down pile of garbage, because they will not let the story be told as it was in reality. Just don’t make the movie then.

  3. I don’t get why the remaining members of Queen have script approval. It’s not a movie about Queen, it’s about Mercury. Shouldn’t his next of kin have approval?

    • They do but I think the rest of the band may need full approval too since a lot of it could potentially involve scenes featuring them, plus their music.

      You also never know what The Mercury Estate are thinking either. There was a gorilla statue near Norwich that had been painted to look like Freddie and The Mercury Estate ordered it be removed for offensive and copyright reasons and Brian May had to get involved to try and put a stop to the issue and settle things.

  4. Freddies life and ground breakinv talent surpasses Janis and Tupac (who in their own right were legends) He deserves a righteous story more than anyone, not some watered down PG bs. Freddie Mercury had an unparalleled amount of charisma, songwriting ability, and vocal delivery that made way for future rock n roll artists, glam, pop, and if you really study closely, punk rock a little bit as well

    • Sorry Tupac is not a legend although I liked his movies.

      • Agreed about Tupac not being a legend. He’s one of those who was decent when alive but hero worshipped upon death to ridiculous proportions.

        Then again, he and his music never appealed to me as a kid. Never knew he was in movies though.

      • Who’s a legend and who isn’t is just a matter of opinion, however.

  5. Eh…after being teased with Sacha Baron Cohen, this is more of a let down. Nothing against Dominic Cooper.

  6. Would love to see a raw and gritty insight into Freddy’s life, and can’t help but feel the team of Fincher & Hooper would have been the perfect storm for such a film.

    Cohen is by-the-by in my opinion (Michael Sheen instead perhaps?) but them two guys are a significant blow to what could potentially be an amazing movie.

  7. A PG Mercury biopic? Another one bites the dust.

  8. The guy looks like a cross between del boy from only fools and horses and an angry troll
    I hope Queen have not been this careless.

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