Those waiting for the eagerly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic will be glad to know that the project is progressing in development, though its release is still over a year away. The film, which which will focus on Queen‘s formative years right up to their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert, is due for release in early 2014.
Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, who is involved in the film’s development, recently posted the following update on his website: “The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”
Though Baron Cohen may seem an odd choice to play Freddie based on his own films, roles in films such as Hugo, Sweeney Todd and the upcoming Les Misérables film adaptation show how far his acting talent reaches. It’s also worth noting that it was he who asked Peter Morgan (screenwriter for critically acclaimed films Frost/Nixon and The Queen) to write the film’s original screenplay, which has now been handed to Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, the writers of Ali and Nixon.