The first is the Queen movie, in which Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury. King suggests Cohen may even sing the classic Queen songs. Currently, there is no director attached and the script is still in development because King knows with a subject so iconic, “You’ve got to get it right.” King also talked about his adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. That script is also in development, and while there will be some changes in the translation from stage to screen, the “DNA of the movie is going to be the same.” Hit the jump for the full interview.
The part that really intrigues me is the possibility of Cohen singing the songs. Said King:
“We’ll see. We’ll see what happens. You know, Freddie’s got such a distinctive voice. Sacha sang Sweeney Todd. That was his voice. And he’s got a fantastic voice as well. We haven’t quite put them together yet to see the match.”
I generally prefer an actor to sing their own songs rather than lip synch, if possible. But Mercury is a once-in-a-generation voice. Cohen is a decent singer, but I don’t know that he can hit those patented Mercury high notes.