It’s been a busy September for Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen. Just days after reports swept the web claiming that the actor has welcomed his second child with wife Isla Fisher, Deadline.com snoops spill thar Sacha just snagged the role of tragic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming film expected to hit screens in 2011.
The movie will follow the British rock band from its formative years all the way up to their landmark Live Aid appearance in 1985.
Mercury — who had a storied history with controversy — died of complications of AIDS in 1991. He was 45.
GK Films and Tribeca Productions have already secured rights to Queen’s most famous tunes — including “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “You’re My Best Friend,” well-placed snoops tell Deadline.
“Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself,” GK Film’s Graham King said in a statement Thursday. “Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role couple with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.”
Baron Cohen first found fame in the UK as the star of Britain’s Da Ali G Show before becoming an international celebrity in the movies Borat and Bruno. While Baron Cohen has previously sung on film in the outre musical Sweeney Todd, it is not yet known if he will perform the vocals in the yet-to-be-titled movie.
The project is currently on the hunt for a director.