Brian May has confirmed that Sacha Baron Cohen will portray Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.
You didn't really think I'd let this go at just a news blurb, did yeh?
I mean, we're talking about my favorite band in history, here. EVER. And now I see this?
A lot of people are gonna be pissed. And I can understand why. Me, I'm Not.
I get it. In playing Borat and (much more to the point) Bruno, Cohen can do over-the-top flamboyant. That's been proven. He could probably play the public/performing side of Mercury better than most actors working right now.
Away from all that, though, Mercury was an intensely private person. A little more subdued; not like a night-and-day difference or anything, but certainly not the bombastic force of nature people saw in a public setting. I think Cohen could do that, as well. He seems like a rather underrated actor, truth be told.
I'm looking forward to it, really. Seems like an awful long wait, since they don't even start shooting until next year...