Daniel Radcliffe NOT to Play Freddie Mercury in Bio-Pic

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After Sacha Baron Cohen bowed out from the Freddie Mercury bio-pic back in July due to some “creative” and rating issues with the remaining members of Queen, some people were starting to wonder who would be taking on the role of the iconic musician. Cohen, from the second he was cast, fit in as the singer and even revealed at some point that he was excited to take on the role especially since he had wanted to play that part for quite sometime.

While at first some might have been upset with the casting call, there was a slight resemblance between the actor and the late frontman.

Then rumors started a short time ago that Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, would be taking on the role. Talks might have been on the mum side since then, but the actor has officially confirmed that he would not be taking on the part in the still going forward film.

While speaking with Empire magazine, he confirmed that he would be”all wrong” for the part.

“Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I’m totally wrong for that part is correct,” he said. “I AM completely wrong for that part!”

Radcliffe added, “if I’d seen a rumor about me playing Iggy Pop, I’d think, ‘Hey, I’d have a go at that – that’d be fun!’, but Freddie Mercury? No. I don’t even know who the director is. They seem to be saying it’s Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet.”

But while Cohen had bowed out and Radcliffe has now confirmed that he is not attached in any way with the project, Queen drummer Roger Taylor said in an interview about his departure, “we felt Sacha probably wasn’t right in the end. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved.”

Even though it looks like the film will be taking longer than planned to hit the big screen, Digital Spy has it on good authority that the project is still alive and will be making it on the screen; now when, only they know.

Sacha Baron Cohen Out of Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic

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The Freddie Mercury bio-pic no longer has a Freddie Mercury, because Sacha Baron Cohen has officially left the film.

According to Deadline, Cohen has left the film due to some creative issues after three years of being tied to the project. Cohen wanted the film to have more of a rated-R feel to it when telling the story about the late-Queen frontman, but the remaining members of the band, who get to have “script and director approval,” wanted more of a PG rating for the feature.

This news comes as surprise to those looking forward to the film because Cohen had apparently been looking forward to portraying Mercury for a long time and just this past October, Queen guitarist, Brian May posted an update online where he sounded excited for the way that the film was progress.

On his website he posted the following:

“Ah … I promised news of yesterday’s Queen band meeting. Well, it was just Roger and Jim Beach and myself … we are a small cottage industry !! Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I’m happy to tell you, is on course. Much of our discussion was about contractual things … it’s pretty complex …. and determining who is responsible for what. The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”

Back in March, the website had also reported that Tom Hooper (of Les Miserable fame) was hoping to claim the directing duties on the film, but seeing as there’s no star anymore the question is whether or not there was a back-up plan or if even a film will be made now.

Hooper reportedly was excited to work with Cohen on the film since the both of them had previously worked on Les Miserable together; remember, Cohen played Thénardier.