Sacha Baron Cohen has been attached to the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic for quite some time, however the actor has now pulled out of the film due to creative differences with Queen.
According to Deadline, Cohen and the remaining members of Queen (who have script and director approval over that biopic) were not on the same page.
So why did he vacate the film? Apparently, the band wanted to make a PG-rated movie about Queen, while Cohen wanted an R-rated tell-all centered around Mercury.
Cohen reportedly brought in Peter Morgan to write the script, along with various directors including David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the biopic for himself. However, none were approved by the band.
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Kanye West is about to put his acting chops to the test.
The “Stronger” singer has nabbed a cameo in the film Anchorman 2. West was recently spotted on set with girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
He was seen filming scenes in on an Atlanta rooftop alongside the film’s stars Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.
An eyewitness said, “Kanye was quite afraid of heights and required an umbrella for shade most of the time he was on the roof.”
West isn’t the only famous face who will make a cameo in the film. Rumor has it that Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler will also make appearances.