Baron Cohen, famous for his controversial and confrontational roles as Ali G, Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, wanted to make ‘a gritty R-rated tell-all centred around the gifted gay singer.’

Freddie Mercury on stage in 1982 

However, according to US movie industry site Deadline the remaining members of Queen were keen to make a ‘more of a PG movie’ about the life of their flamboyant lead singer and songwriter – and Baron Cohen will no longer be involved with the film.

The remaining members of Queen – Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon – have yet to approve a director or writer for the project.

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