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23 April 2017 17:57 (South Africa)

"Borat" to play Freddie Mercury

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Sacha Baron Cohen (you may know him better by his alter egos, Ali G, Borat, and Bruno) has closed a deal to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, scheduled for filming in 2011. Freddie Mercury, for the woefully uneducated, was the lead singer of Queen, one of the greatest rock bands ever. The film will apparently focus on the early Queen years, culminating in the 1985 Live Aid concert, where Queen's performance was considered one of the greatest live performances ever. If there's one actor who could pull Freddie Mercury off convincingly, it's Cohen, but can he sing? Freddie Mercury had an astonishingly powerful voice, and somehow, we don't think Cohen's tenor warble (remember Sweeny Todd?) will suffice. It remains to be seen, or rather, heard.  Read more: deadline.comMTV.com

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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