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.
"You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star."
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.