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Morgan: Mercury biopic on hold

Published 14/10/2011 | 09:12

Sacha Baron Cohen has been busy working on The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen has been busy working on The Dictator

Peter Morgan has revealed he has put his Freddie Mercury biopic on hold for Sacha Baron Cohen.

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The award-winning writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon has written a film about the life of the late Queen singer and is keen for controversial comedian Sacha to play the lead.

Peter revealed at the London Film Festival screening of 360: "Well, Sacha Baron Cohen is currently making a film about a dictator and a goat herd, or something. He's busy doing that.

"So while he's away, for the best part of a year, we've sort of put the script in the fridge and we will revisit when he re-emerges."

He quipped: "As a dictator, or I hope he comes back as goat herd. He'll be easier to deal with."

The Ali G funnyman is starring in The Dictator, a Saddam Hussein-inspired comedy which he wrote himself.

The film is said to be based on Zabibah And The King, a romance novel the CIA believes was penned by ghost-writers under the influence of former Iraqi dictator Saddam and published under his name.

The comedy is due to be released worldwide on May 11, 2012 by Paramount Pictures.

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