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Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Freddie Mercury

9/17/2010 8:21am EDT

Sacha Baron CohenBritish funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen has signed a deal to rock cinema audiences as Queen legend Freddie Mercury.
The outrageous "Bruno" star is to portray one of rock's most flamboyant characters in a film about the "Radio Gaga" hitmaker's rise to the top of the world's charts.
The film will reportedly lead up to Mercury's show-stopping appearance at Live Aid in 1985.
According to, the project will be produced by Robert De Niro's company Tribeca Productions and is set to start shooting next year.
Mercury died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in 1991.

Freddie Mercury

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