It looks like Borat is out and Harry Potter is in for the role of legendary singer and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly become a favorite for the role amongst producers and investors involved in the upcoming biopic about Mercury, and has reportedly been offered the role according to The Daily Star.
Their source claims: “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it. Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.”
Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”) is penning the script which deals with the lead up to Queen’s iconic performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked with the project for several years, but dropped out in late July due to creative differences. It was thought Cohen wanted a more forthright approach, whereas those involved will likely sanitise some of the elements in order to get a more lenient rating.
Surviving band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will oversee the music featured in the film.