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Freddie Mercury Biopic Back on with Sacha Baron Cohen

Freddie Mercury Biopic Back on with Sacha Baron Cohen

More than two years ago, it was reported that Sacha Baron Cohen exited the Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic over a 'creative differences' dispute with the band. It was nearly a year later when reports began to swirl around Ben Whishaw taking on the lead role as the Queen frontman, with Dexter Fletcher set to direct. There hasn't been much movement on the project since then, but it is now being reported that Queen manager Jim Beach and the band have come to an agreement with Sacha Baron Cohen.

It was originally stated that the existing members of Queen did not like the direction Sacha Baron Cohen was going with the material. They wanted a more PG, family friendly version of Freddie Mercury's life. While Sacha Baron Cohen was said to want a more gritty hard-R take on the singer's homosexual lifestyle. It is not mentioned how they came to an agreement, or what take the movie will aim for now. The Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic will mark Sacha Baron Cohen's directorial debut. There is not set start date at this time.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Spy Comedy ‘Grimsby’ Moves to 2016

Sacha Baron Cohen Spy Comedy ‘Grimsby’ Moves to 2016

Paramount Pictures has pushed its spy comedy Grimsby from its originally-slated July 31, 2015 release date to February 26, 2016. The spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen was set to go up against Warner Bros. Point Break remake, Focus Features' Selfless and The Weinstein Company's Southpaw on July 31, 2015. Now it will face Paramount's Ben-Hur remake next winter.

Grimsby centers on a British secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown with his dim-witted soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Penélope Cruz also stars as a benevolent corporate leader who is hiding a secret. Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas and Isla Fisher round out the supporting cast.

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Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Penelope Cruz Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Penélope Cruz is in final talks to join the Paramount Pictures spy comedy Grimsby, alongside a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong.

The story centers on a covert operative (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown, where he reluctantly teams up with his soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Insiders claim that Penélope Cruz is playing a benevolent corporate leader who may be hiding a secret.

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First Look at Sasha Baron Cohen as Soccer Hooligan ‘Grimsby’

First Look at Sasha Baron Cohen as Soccer Hooligan ‘Grimsby’

Sacha Baron Cohen is set to return to the big screen next year in the comedy Grimsby, which finds this chameleon of comedy portraying a soccer hooligan who gets mixed up with his secret agent brother. Leave it to iconic funny man Eric Idle to share the first photo of the Borat star in costume, on his way to the set. The two British comedians are neighbors, but its unclear if Eric Idle has a role in the movie. Take a look.

So who did I bump into on my walk today but my LA neighbour? He's here filming. I love coincidence. pic.twitter.com/JHp2lbzptj— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) July 3, 2014

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Isla Fisher Joins Her Husband Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Isla Fisher Joins Her Husband Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Isla Fisher has signed on to join her husband Sacha Baron Cohen in the Warner Bros. comedy Grimsby.

The story centers on a highly-trained British spy (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Isla Fisher is said to be playing either a "femme fatale or other comely vixen." She joins a supporting cast that also includes Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas.

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Rebel Wilson Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Rebel Wilson Joins Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘Grimsby’

Rebel Wilson has signed on to star in Sony Pictures' action-comedy Grimsby, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong and Annabelle Wallis.

The story centers on a British black ops spy, who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic, soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Annabelle Wallis is playing one of the soccer hooligan's suitors, although no details were released regarding Rebel Wilson's role. David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas also star.

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Mark Strong Is Sacha Baron Cohen's Brother in Spy Comedy ‘Grimsby’

Mark Strong Is Sacha Baron Cohen's Brother in Spy Comedy ‘Grimsby’

Mark Strong is in negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in the Sony Pictures action-comedy Grimsby.

The story centers on a British Black Ops secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the lam with his long-lost brother (Sacha Baron Cohen), an idiotic soccer hooligan. We reported in February that the project originated at Paramount, where Sacha Baron Cohen and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph) sold it as a pitch, before it moved to Sony.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy ‘Grimsby’ Gets Summer 2015 Release

Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy ‘Grimsby’ Gets Summer 2015 Release

Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby, which was formerly set up at Paramount, has moved to Sony Pictures, with the studio setting a July 31, 2015 release date, where it will go up against Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

It isn't known why the project was moved from Paramount to Sony, especially since Sacha Baron Cohen just renewed his first-look deal at Paramount earlier today, with a three-year commitment that includes at least two movies. Grimsby centers on a British spy, whose brother (Sacha Baron Cohen) is an idiotic soccer hooligan.

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