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Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic


Story by Jack Foley

COMEDIAN Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of a Freddie Mercury biopic over “creative differences”, according to reports.

The movie, which is backed by Queen, focuses on the period leading up to Live Aid in 1985 and Mercury’s famous performance. It is based on a script by acclaimed writer Peter Morgan, whose credits include The Queen, Frost/Nixon and the forthcoming James Hunt/Nikki Lauda movie Rush.

News of Baron Cohen’s departure was apparently confirmed to industry magazine Variety by the actor’s manager, who said he clashed with producers over the film’s tone.

In the meantime, Baron Cohen is currently working on a spy spoof – which he has written to star in – which follows a secret agent who goes on the run with his football hooligan brother.

He is also developing a film inspired by the true story of a Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65m (£40m) to any man who would succeed in marrying his lesbian daughter.

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