Update: Sacha Baron Cohen will not write, direct,  and star in new Freddie Mercury biopic

The on-and-off again biopic about Freddie Mercury starring Sacha Baron Cohen seems to be back in progress. Cohen, last year, had reportedly left the project because of disagreements with the surviving members of Wueen over the direction and tone of the film. However, now Jim Beach, the manager for Queen, has announced that Cohen is back on the project and will also be writing and directing the project. 

Beach said during a speech at the Artist and Manager Awards this week: “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

Update March 29th: According to Brian May, guitarist for Queen, Beach was just joking about his new participation in the Mercury biopic.

“You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years,” Beach said during a speech at the Artist and Manager Awards this week. “An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

Even though Beach did not talk about the timetable for the film production, the IMDB shows that there is nothing scheduled for Cohen once he finished filming a comedy named  Grimsby so production could begin even this year presumably. 

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