Sacha Baron Cohen has left the Freddie Mercury biopic, according to reports. Cohen wanted a very gritty movie that was honest to who Freddie Mercury really was a performer and a person. That caused a rift with other parties involved in the film. They wanted a PG movie.
It’s also been reported by Deadline, that Cohen approached the director of Les Misérables , Tom Hooper, to ask him to help flush out the gritty script and be involved. The surviving members of queen nixed the idea.
No word on what this ultimately means for the project. Who else looks enough like Mercury to pull this off? They may have to find an unknown (a talented unknown) to pull this off.