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.
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