Freddie Mercury Biopic, Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Will See Early 2014 Release

    The highly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic is slowly gaining momentum, though fans will still have to wait another year or so to see the project come to full fruition. Sacha Baron Cohen has been tied to the lead role since 2010 and critics have been fairly generous in their praise of “perfect casting.” The film, which will focus on the early years of Queen to their 1985 Live Aid performance, is slated for a 2014 release.

    Queen guitarist Brian May, who has an active position in the film’s production, posted an update on his website, writing “The pieces are falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule–filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring[…] The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”

    Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon) wrote the original script but Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (Ali, Nixon) have the latest pass. No director has been confirmed yet; Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen) was an early contender but has since announced his commitment to the true-life drama Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.