It seems like it was only yesterday when Sacha Baron Coen was reported to be the actor awaiting to take on the role of Freddie Mercury, a few fallouts with the still living band members later, and Sacha dropped out of the role only for the film to go through what I’m now dubbing the “Crowe curse”.
Since then, Mr. Robot star Remi Malek has been the guy to take on the role that had Ben Whishaw at one point. Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, X-Men: Apocalypse) will direct the film with the approval of all the living band members which means the film can finally move forward with production. I was joking before about it feeling like only yesterday by the way since this has been going on since 2013.
It would be weird for someone to not know a Queen song at this point, especially since at least two of their songs are played at every major sporting event a dozen times a night. It’s appropriate that they’d name the film after their most iconic song which works perfectly by having a double meaning as well. It’s open and public that Freddie Mercury was openly gay and lived a wild life before he lost his battle with HIV.
Ironically, a title and lifestyle like Mercury’s is something that would warrant a lot of sexual content, visceral imagery, and sometimes taboo subjects for most audiences which is what made Baron Cohen, a shameless, but endlessly talented comic the near perfect choice. With the remaining members of the band on as producers of the film, it’s highly unlikely that we will see that Rated-R version of the film like Baron Cohen was shooting for early on in the process.
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