Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of eccentric characters and films Borat and Brüno, is almost certainly going to star as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, according to a post on the band’s website by guitarist Bryan May. Additionally, it looks like the movie will start shooting in 2011. Writes May:
bq. Work is now fully under way for the much-vaunted feature film on the life of Freddie. Peter Morgan has delivered a first draft of the movie, which everyone is very excited about, and Sacha Baron Cohen is chomping at the bit to get into the role, in a way which certainly would delight Freddie ! The whole team now working on preparing for a shoot later this year, and a release in the late Autumn of 2012.