Dominic Cooper Could Portray Freddie Mercury In Biopic, Rumor
Dominic Cooper is being attached to the Freddie Mercury biopic. Another rumor floating around after Sasha Baron Cohen departed the production.
The film is slow in getting off the ground after Baron Cohen dropped out due to “creative differences” with surviving band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
The Borat actor reportedly wanted an R-rated, hard version about the late Queen frontman. The band members didn’t agree, saying they want the movie to be a family experience, focused on Mercury’s music and not necessarily on his wild life.
Many are disappointed that Baron Cohen left the production since he was responsible for bringing in script writer Peter Morgan, who penned Ron Howard’s Rush.
Another name that was floating around connected to the role was that of former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, but soon after talk started that he was being considered to play Freddie Mercury, he came out and said the rumors were not true.
Dominic Cooper is a well known and liked British actor who is known for several period drama television roles, but has also had some successful roles on the big screen.
He famously delved into a musical when he starred in Mama Mia!, some other famous roles for the Brit are Captain America: The First Avenger, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
According to Latino Review, while trying to confirm these latest rumors sources believe that Cooper is actually a strong possibility, because he not only looks like Freddie Mercury physically, he can sing.
Now it all depends on how difficult Brian May and Roger Taylor are going to be about the final choice. It is unknown whether they had a particular actor in mind.
Sasha Baron Cohen also wanted to bring in directors David Fincher and Tom Hooper, but May and Taylor did not approve of them either.
Whether Dominic Cooper will actually get the part of Freddie Mercury remains to be seen. Hopefully this worthwhile story will be made into a movie at some point.
Sony studios bringing is the production to life with Graham King and Tim Headington, producing along with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Queen Films.