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The hot-shot screenwriter talks about working with surviving Queen members and Sacha Baron Cohen playing Mercury

The screenwriter Peter Morgan gave more details last night about his work on an upcoming film about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – including how he's having to tread carefully with the band's three surviving members.

‘That's where my head is now,’ Morgan told an audience at Bafta during a talk as part of the Bafta and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series. ‘I’m meeting rock Gods, and I love it.’

Morgan says that it’s been tricky dealing with Queen’s surviving members, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. ‘Queen are sensitive because it will show rancour and disagreements in the collaborative process. In a way, the film, for me, reflects my own experience of filmmaking as a collaborative process. Just as a film is never the result of one person, so the band doesn’t like the idea of Queen being “A Band by Freddie Mercury” – and they’re right. It won't just be about Freddie Mercury.’

Morgan also stressed that although Baron Cohen is played the lead, no one should expect an out-and-out comedy. ‘They’ve hired me, so they’re not expecting gags. This is a drama.’

Asked whether he had read Tony Blair’s autobiography to compare notes with his scripts for ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Deal’, the 47-year-old writer said he was too busy reading and thinking about Mercury.

‘I will read it at some point – but at the moment my head’s full of books about Farrokh Bulsara’ – Mercury’s real name.

Morgan said that at first he didn’t think the film was a good idea when it was suggested to him. Baron Cohen is 38, so he didn’t feel he could write about Mercury’s younger years, and Mercury died in 1991 at 45, which didn’t leave him many years to investigate.

‘I didn’t want to write about a man dying from Aids. Luckily, when I looked into Mercury’s life, I found a good story in that window.’ Morgan didn’t specify, but other reports have suggested that the film will focus on the run-up to Queen’s performance at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

Author: Dave Calhoun



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timothy m beckholt
timothy m beckholt

Im here to say that this movie will be good . And I think I should play Freddie mercury. Now you ask yourself why me . Well I look a lot like Freddie . If you do not believe me . Look me up on facebook and see for yourselfs . Have a nice day. Darlings

Neboysha Bojic
Neboysha Bojic

Freddie is the saint. I WANT TO PLAY HIS ROLE IN THE NEXT MOVIE. FULL STOP AND ...SHOW MUST GO ON...

Patrick Corsi
Patrick Corsi

I would humbly suggest this name for playing the role of F Mercury. He's the little arguable reincarnation of F Mercury, Tuscan origin, since recently living in London. He's quite young, admirable voice, all of Mercury he is. I can testimony. This is genuine comment - no personal interest. His coordinates: dedo2589@gmail.com +44 7593 372876

Brenda Reyes
Brenda Reyes

There is a guy, his name is Pablo Padin he and a group of friend have a tribute to Queen band called " God Saves de Queen" he looks SO MUCH like Freddie, the only " problem" would be his accent, he is Argentinian and while you can't really notice his accent while he sings I guees you would when he talks (in the movie) . You should check him out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_yzRk1uW3I

Trevor D
Trevor D

I did some research for a while & found someone that looks exactly like Freddie Mercury that also sings just like him as well. He is 40 but he can pass as younger for the role. He knows alot about Freddie by his passion for the man & his lifestyle.. His name is Thomas Krane from Australia's Got Talent. Look it up on youtube & you will see what I mean. In my opinion, after seeing all who could be casted as "The Queen". I truly believe this is the guy for the role! I could see a great outstanding role & performance by this man.

stella
stella

We need to see Mercury on screen.His personality,humor,intelekt,his life as a performer and as a man.

Jonathan wells
Jonathan wells

I would like too see the pop artist mika play Freddie I feel he would do the role justice.

markus Lambier
markus Lambier

i think it's very important you tell the story as truthfully as possible, warts and all. I, myself would had loved to meet him, but he's gone and I'm still here. So I would like to see him in film as best as possible and like I said warts and all.

Joy Bowden
Joy Bowden

Please remain true to Freddie's nature. He was a fun loving kind hearted generous man. Don't portray him as an idiot and a trouble maker. PLEASE!



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