We know that Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen will portray Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic on the Queen singer. Now screenwriter Peter Morgan, who will pen the biopic, has revealed some more details about the film. It will focus on Mercury’s life, from the early days of Queen to the band’s legendary performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid in 1985. The movie will not examine Mercury’s final years and his AIDS-related death in 1991. “I didn’t want to write an AIDS movie, to be honest with you,” Morgan told Cinema Blend. “I just looked at the period– It’s sort of where he rejects [the other members of Queen] and comes back to them. It’s sort of like a family movie. It’s sort of like ‘I hate my family, I want to be independent, and then I come back.’”
“Sacha was the one who asked me to write it. He was the guy who rang me up,” said Morgan, whose scripts for Frost/Nixon and The Queen have been nominated for Academy Awards. Producer Graham King, whose GK Films is making the new film as well as >the big screen version of Jersey Boys , recently said this to Rolling Stone: “Who doesn’t know Freddie Mercury, and who’s not going to want to know about his life? He kept his life very private. I think Peter Morgan is going to write an amazing script. What an amazing guy [Mercury was], what an amazing voice he had. Sasha fits the bill so right, all the ingredients are there.” Production on the film will begin in 2011.
British actor turned director Dexter Fletcher has been named as the man who’ll bring the long-awaited Queen movie to the silver screen.
Ben Whishaw, who played Q in James Bond movie Skyfall, has been lined up to play Freddie Mercury after Sacha Baron-Cohen bowed out.
Fletcher, who appeared in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Hotel Babylon and Band Of Brothers, most recently directed musical film Sunshine On Leith.
“Fletcher has been meeting the band and getting a feel for the Queen story and the intention is for the movie to get up and running next year.
“Among the tunes that are in the rights package are Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and Another One Bites The Dust.”
Last week Queen guitarist Brian May told Classic Rock: “It’s taken us a long time, partly because we need to get the right people together, and the right script.
“We had a problem knowing what the film was actually about, but a few weeks ago we sat down with who we think is our great new director, and it dawned on us all that what it’s really about is a family.”
The script, written by Peter Morgan, is believed to cover the band’s career from their earliest days until their triumphant performance at Live Aid in 1985.