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Katy Perry and Kristen Stewart Fighting Over Role in Freddie Mercury Movie

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From Ultimate Classic Rock:

Pop singer Katy Perry and  Twilight star Kristen Stewart are reportedly fighting over a plum role in an upcoming movie about the life of flamboyant Queen front man Freddie Mercury. According to a recent article, the pair are both vying against Lady Gaga for the role of Mary Austin, Mercury’s lifelong best friend and confidante with whom he had a romantic relationship in the ’70s.

Mercury lived with Austin in the early ’70s before beginning a relationship with a male record company executive, and even after that, the pair were best friends for the rest of his life. He was the godfather to her oldest son, and when he died in 1991, he left his London home to Austin instead of his partner, Jim Hutton.

“Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kristen Stewart are on the short list for Mary, who played a huge role in Freddie’s life,” a source reportedly told Star magazine (quote via Popcrush). “They all desperately want the part, and it’s getting ugly!”

Sacha Baron Cohen is slated to play Mercury in the biopic, and he reportedly has the final say in choosing his leading lady. The women apparently aren’t doing themselves any favors with their catty behavior. “With the girls fighting like this, it’s just hurting their chances of getting the part,” the source adds. “It’s unprofessional, and Sacha is tired of the back-and-forth — he wants to choose one of them and be done with it.”

Screenwriter Peter Morgan says he has had to tread carefully in dealing with the three surviving members of Queen for the film, which has no title or projected release date as yet. ‘Queen are sensitive because it will show rancour and disagreements in the collaborative process,” he tells Time Out. “In a way, the film, for me, reflects my own experience of film making as a collaborative process. Just as a film is never the result of one person, so the band doesn’t like the idea of Queen being ‘a band by Freddie Mercury’ – and they’re right. It won’t just be about Freddie Mercury.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury in Upcoming Queen Biopic

Yeah, I know people have been talking about this for three years, but it looks like it’s finally going to happen. From Marquee Blogs Dot Com:

 Talk about perfect casting: Outrageous British comic Sacha Baron Cohen will play outrageous Brit rocker Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman set to film next year, reports Deadline.com. Mercury, known for his soaring vocals and flamboyant stage presence, helped make Queen one of the biggest bands of the ’70s and ’80s with hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45 in 1991.

Reports that Cohen, 38, would play the singer first surfaced in 2007, though the actor’s rep shot down the rumors at the time. GK Films, which is heading up the project, now confirms that the Borat and Bruno star is on board. Screenwriter Peter Morgan, who previously wrote scripts for The Queen and The Last King of Scotland, is ready to take on music royalty for the film.

GK Films’ Graham King said in a statement, “Queen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and a music brand all unto itself. Freddie Mercury was an awe-inspiring performer, so with Sacha in the starring role coupled with Peter’s screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success.”

Music rights for the band’s songs have already been acquired, and Deadline reports that it’s not yet known whether Cohen will do his own singing or whether Mercury’s vocals will be used. Cohen, however, did prove he could belt out a tune with the best of them in Sweeney Todd, the 2007 musical starring Johnny Depp, who, coincidentally, was also once rumored to be playing Mercury on screen.