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

Sacha Baron Cohen left the project back in July, after creative differences with the surviving members of Queen.
Daniel Radcliffe may replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the Freddie Mercury Biopic
Daniel Radcliffe may replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the Freddie Mercury Biopic
We haven't heard anything regarding Sony's Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic since July, when actor Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project due to creative differences with surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Today we have word that Daniel Radcliffe has been offered the role. Here's what an insider had to say.

"Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it. Despite his youth, Daniel has impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsberg in this year's Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too."

Producers are said to be offering a hefty amount of money if Daniel Radcliffe accepts the role. It could be the 24-year-old actor and gay rights activist's biggest payday since the Harry Potter series came to a close.

The 41-year-old Sacha Baron Cohen left the project because he wanted to make an R-rated film that explored Freddie Mercury's homosexual lifestyle, while the Queen members, who have full script approval and director approval on the film, wanted a more family-friendly PG-13 story.

Screenwriter Peter Morgan previously hinted that the film was likely dead in the water, following Sacha Baron Cohen's departure, although that statement was debunked by BBC earlier this month.

"Makers of the Freddie Mercury biopic tell the BBC the film is 'still very much alive' despite writer Peter Morgan's claims to the contrary."

No director has been attached to the biopic as of yet.

Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Ben Whishaw. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Sources: Daily Star

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  1. CelluloidDreams

    How odd!

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  3. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus I think so, too. Hopefully Radcliffe can pick up the pieces.

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  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides I'm in. Despite my feelings towards Cohen, it was basically a gift wrapped role for him.

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  5. thedude-abides

    At first I didn't see it, but I'm starting to get on board with this idea. I still would much rather have preferred Cohen's in-your-face style, but they certainly seem confident in Radcliffe's ability to portray the Queen frontman. I hope he takes the offer.

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