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Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the former Queen front man's life, reports www.mirror.co.uk.
Johnny Depp was in talks last year to star in the film, but Baron Cohen reportedly won over producers and band members.
The film would cover the life of Mercury, who was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar. Mercury wrote many of the band's hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was voted Britain's best single of all time, beating out John Lennon's "Imagine." He was known for his distinctive voice and wide vocal range.
Mercury died at age 45 in 1991 of AIDS complications, one day after announcing he had the disease. (The Advocate)