Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury in Upcoming Biopic

September 17, 2010  |  1:29pm

Well, he can rock the moustache, but can he sing? Sacha Baron Cohen is on board to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming Queen biopic.

The as-yet-untitled project is set to start filming next year, and screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) will pen the script.

Mercury’s surviving bandmates, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, are both involved with the movie as musical consultants. No word on whether Cohen will sing in the film or lip-sync to the legendary frontman’s vocals.

If you need a reminder as to why Cohen’s got some big shoes to fill, check out this clip of Mercury tearing it up at Live Aid:

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