Queen is one of the most universally loved rock groups of all time. It seems like no matter how old you are, the second Bohemian Rhapsody comes on the radio you will not be able to resist the urge to sing along.
The film industry obviously realizes this and has been trying to put together some kind of biopic about the band for years now. Originally, Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) was signed on to play the lead singer Freddie Mercury, but it didn't work out.
He left the project citing differing opinions with the band members, “A member of the band – I won’t say who – said: ‘You know, this is such a great movie because it’s got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle.’"
Baron Cohen was confused by the statement but he explained that he continued "And I go: 'What happens in the middle of the movie? He goes: ‘You know, Freddie dies.’ ... I go: ‘What happens in the second half of the movie?’ He goes: ‘We see how the band carries on from strength to strength.’"
This is where he disagreed with the band member, “I said: ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from Aids and then you see how the band carries on.'"
Cohen said that "There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury. The guy was wild. There are stories of little people walking around parties with plates of cocaine on their heads!” but the band didn't want these stories to be the focus of the movie because "they wanted to protect their legacy as a band."
After this project disbanded, it took awhile for the new cast to be found. Finding someone who could handle the subject matter while also protecting the legacy was tough, but now the cast for the whole band, including Freddie Mercury, has been confirmed and it's pretty exciting!