Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury

Friday September 17, 2010

There have been rumours for years, and this week it's finally been announced that Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury in a film about Queen.

The band's guitarist Brian May confirmed the news this week during a BBC radio interview.

He said: "Sacha has been on this project since we started talking about it seriously with (Frost/Nixon scriptwriter) Peter Morgan a couple of years ago."

The film will begin shooting next year and will focus on the band's history leading up to Live Aid in 1985.

Sacha – who modelled his character Borat's look on Freddie – apparently beat Johnny Depp to the role.

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