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Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Queen’s Freddie Mercury


will be sporting a mustache once again for his next movie.

The actor, best known as his alternate personality Borat, has been tapped to play late singer Freddie Mercury in a film about rock band .

The movie will focus on the band’s early years up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985. (You can see clips from that event above and after the jump.) Oscar nominee (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) will pen the script.

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Mercury, who had been diagnosed with AIDS, revealed his condition in November 1991. (The 45-year-old passed away one day after the announcement.) Freddie’s final days will not be included in the film.

The biopic is being developed with support from Queen’s surviving members: Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. It’s unclear at this time whether Cohen will actually perform the songs or simply lip-synch to Mercury’s vocals.

Although a director has not yet been selected, production on the as-yet-untitled film is slated to begin next year.

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