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Daniel Radcliffe to Replace Sacha Baron Cohen in Freddie Mercury Biopic?

The ‘Kill Your Darlings’ actor has reportedly been offered the part

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 23rd, 2013 in Culture » Film » News
Daniel Radcliffe (left), Freddie Mercury (right)

After Sacha Baron Cohen abandoned the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic for “creative differences,” Queen fans have been wondering who could replace the ‘Borat’ actor. Many considered his casting to be perfect since Cohen had similar facial features and a proven track record of eccentricity and flamboyant behaviour, but the former ‘Ali G’ star wanted to explore the gritty and dark side of Mercury’s life, while Queen band members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, wanted the film to have mainstream appeal.

According to the Daily Star, former ‘Harry Potter’ star, Daniel Radcliffe, has been offered Cohen’s previous role.

"Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it," a source tells the Daily Star.

"Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year's movie ‘Kill Your Darlings’. Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too."

Regarding height, Radcliffe is 5’5 while Cohen is 6’3.

Radcliffe has not responded to the casting rumours. He is currently busy promoting three upcoming films; the aforementioned ‘Kill Your Darlings’, dark comedy ‘Horns’, and romantic comedy ‘The F Word’.

The Freddie Mercury biopic is being penned by ‘The Queen’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ screenwriter, Peter Morgan. A director is not yet attached, but ‘Les Miserables’ helmer, Tom Hooper, is being considered.

Related articles: Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings, The F Word, Horns, Freddie Mercury, Queen, Sacha Baron Cohen
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