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Sacha Baron Cohen set for Freddie Mercury biopic

Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, producers said Friday.

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who played the characters Borat and Ali G. will play rocker Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.

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"Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen has been signed up to star in a movie about flamboyant rock star Freddie Mercury, producers said Friday.

Peter Morgan, who wrote "The Queen," is working on a screenplay about the frontman of the band Queen, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.

The as-yet-untitled film will climax with Queen's barnstorming appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert in London.

The announcement was made by GK Films, which is producing with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.

Production is due to begin next year, and a director has yet to be chosen.

Founded in 1971 by Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Queen scored hits with songs including "We Are the Champions," ''We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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