Added on 21-Sep-2013
Could Harry Potter star replace Sacha Baron Cohen?
It has now emerged that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe could be in line to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic of the iconic Queen frontman's life, following the departure of former leading man, Sacha Baron Cohen. Earlier this year, the Borat and Ali G star's manager confirmed his departure from the project, stating that his client had quit the move due to 'creative differences'. Cohen had be signed on to star as Mercury since 2010. The biopic is being produced by GK Films. He is believed to have clashed with producers on a number of issues, with fans suggesting a disagreement over the movie's certiicate was the biggest issue between the two parties. It was then reported that that insiders behind the film told Digital Spy that the movie is "still very much alive." Now, The Daily Star report that sources claim that 24-four-year-old Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe could play Mercury. “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it," a source said.“Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings." They added: “Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.” Watch Brian May discuss Sacha Baron Cohen's former role in Mercury movie below
Original Queen member Roger Taylor was confirmed as music supervisor on the movie, while Graham King, Tim Headington, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are producing the project alongside Queen Films.