Ever wonder what would happen if Borat and Bruno were melded into one character? And that character was also inexplicably gifted with the voice of an angel? Well, you might find out next year: Deadline is reporting that Borat is a go to play ફ્રારુક બુલ્સારા in a movie about his life and band. You don’t recognize that name? Oh sorry, in Arabic letters it’s “Farrokh Bulsara.” Still no? Well any wannabe rock historian should know that Farrokh is the world’s favorite Zorastrian, Freddie motherfucking Mercury.
Sacha Baron Cohen has closed a deal to play Queen front man Freddie Mercury in a film that’s being scripted by Peter Morgan for a 2011 production start. The untitled film will be financed by GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington, who’ll produce in partnership with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, and Queen Films. Morgan is already working on a script focused on the band’s formative years, leading up to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Queen’s performance is considered one of the rock’s all-time great live concert appearances.
Man, those British sure know a thing or two about rocking. Say what you will about the advancements in modern American dentistry, but put together a Rock and Roll Dream Team and you’d be hard pressed to find any Yankees breaking the starting lineup. And in a straight-up gay-off the disparity is even worse. The UK’s got Freddie, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Sir Elton John, and half of Ziggy Stardust. Can the States even assemble a practice squad? Naaaaah.
Anyway, on the subject of SBC, I’m thinking he can pull this off, but it won’t be very fun for him. Being a comedic guy, I’d bet he can strike a vague balance in the mannerisms between over-the-top goofiness and Rock n Roll swagger – probably by shooting every scene a few thousand times.
Thanks to Goo for the heads-up.
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