Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G, Bruno) will write, produce, direct and star in a biopic of Queen’s lead man and lyricist, Freddie Mercury. Cohen agreed to the project years ago but it was delayed when Mercury’s bandmates wanted a “PG” version. Cohen doesn’t do PG. Neither, really, did Freddie.
Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar (now Tanzania). He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS in 1991. He was 45.