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Freddie Mercury Biopic Loses Director Dexter Fletcher Over Creative Differences

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 13, 2014 6:19 PM
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Another one bites the dust... It would seem that ambitious plans to mount a Freddie Mercury biopic are being continually undone by that pesky phrase "creative differences." It was the reason Sacha Baron Cohen, first chosen to take on the lead role, bailed on the project and now, the film's director has left the movie, after just three months on job.

Deadline reports that Dexter Fletcher, who first boarded the movie in December, has exited the production. The reason is a clash of vision over the R-rated movie, which will track Queen's rise all the way to their gig at Live Aid in 1985 but will not focus on Mercury's death or last days. The Peter Morgan ("The Queen") penned film was in "soft pre-production" but will now have to find someone to step in fast, if producers want to keep a summer shoot scheduled in place. And they'll have to because the window of opportunity for current star Ben Whishaw is limited, as he is due to start shooting the next Bond film after.

So, who should step in? Share your suggestions below and let us know if you think this movie will do Mercury and the band justice. 

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7 Comments

  • DarkSoliton | March 16, 2014 3:44 AMReply

    The way that I feel about a film depicting Freddie Mercury is that if no one wants to tackle the 'white elephant' in the room, meaning his sexuality as well as his music career, don't do it. Otherwise it becomes truly pointless. That part of his life, as much as many want to ignore it, cannot take one side of Frederick Bulsara(?) without 'Mr. Mercury'. Why hide the obvious? He was a fascinating individual, dark with the light, and those who loved him (and still do) are waiting for an honest portrayal of the man, or at least an honest 'sketch' of the man that became a world-wide phenomenon, (even if for legal reasons, not everyone in his life may want to be portrayed in a film). I hope if a film project about his life does eventually materialize, that it doesn't just 'gloss' over Freddie's persona as a singer/co-creator of Queen, but tries to get at least some elements right, that is, at least a hopeful 'wish'.

  • ian | March 13, 2014 10:17 PMReply

    The Cohen casting was soooooo exciting, they should have found a team to work around him.

  • Brian | March 14, 2014 6:09 PM

    Yeah, I do know what acting is. SBC not so much, which is what I referenced here "Sacha just does over the top caricatures all the time". When people make a big deal about him being such a good fit they generally mean that Sacha's own personality and his art is so much like Freddie, but all they are seeing is that both guys had big entertainment personas and not looking at the details at all or what Freddie was like and about outside of his on stage persona. If you examine that they actually are really opposite as entertainers and as people, so the great fit thing disappears. That would be fine if Sacha was an excellent actor and chameleon but he's not.

  • Guy | March 14, 2014 8:16 AM

    Hey Brian. do you know what acting is? No. Thats okay.

  • brian | March 14, 2014 6:37 AM

    Eh, not really. SBC is way too tall and his head is the wrong shape. He relies heavily on pre-written material by writers, he's not actually the fast on his feet comedian people assume he is. Freddie was a complex individual, while Sacha just does over the top caricatures all the time. The point of a biopic is to portray the star's off stage life, and Freddie was a shy guy off stage so he wasn't actually like Sacha or Sacha's big performances. Sacha is the opposite of everything Freddie stood for. Sacha's art is about tricking people and entertaining other at their expense. Freddie's art was about bringing everyone together and everyone have a great time. Sacha makes grand claims about the political meaning of his art. Freddie was fiercely apolitical. Sacha exploits negative stereotypes of muslims and middle easterners. Freddie identified as Persian and, while he was zoroastrian not muslim, his original home country was muslim majority and he gave some shout outs to islam in his music.

  • BEF | March 13, 2014 7:26 PMReply

    OK. I'll do it.

  • Brian | March 14, 2014 6:08 PM

    @Guy Yeah, I do know what acting is. SBC not so much, which is what I referenced here "Sacha just does over the top caricatures all the time". When people make a big deal about him being such a good fit they generally mean that Sacha's own personality and his art is so much like Freddie, but all they are seeing is that both guys had big entertainment personas and not looking at the details at all or what Freddie was like and about outside of his on stage persona. If you examine that they actually are really opposite as entertainers and as people, so the great fit thing disappears. That would be fine if Sacha was an excellent actor and chameleon but he's not.

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