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MICHAEL SHEEN & JOHNNY DEPP ARE FAVORITES TO LAND FREDDIE MERCURY ROLE

7/26/2013

Earlier this month, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out of the Freddie Mercury biopic because of creative differences with the remaining members of Queen. Cohen, who had been attached to the project for some time, wanted a more graphic depiction of the rocker's life that would delve into his sexuality. The remaining members of Queen wanted a more family friendly project that would stay away from the controversial aspects of Mercury's life.

 

  • Well British betting firm Paddy Power has calculated the odds for some of your favorite actors to land the newly available role. So far Michael SheenJohnny DeppEwan McGregor and Hugh Jackman are the betting favorites. Surprisingly Tom Selleck and Elton John even made the list.
  • The complete odds for who will play Freddie Mercury are: 
    5/1 Michael Sheen
    6/1 Johnny Depp
    10/1 Ewan McGregor
    10/1 Hugh Jackman
    10/1 James Franco
    12/1 Jim Carrey
    14/1 Michael Fassbender
    16/1 Dominic West
    16/1 Andy Serkis
    18/1 Daniel Day-Lewis
    20/1 Jude Law
    20/1 Nicholas Hoult
    20/1 Ben Whishaw
    20/1 Mark Strong
    25/1 Daniel Radcliffe
    25/1 Joaquin Phoenix
    25/1 David Morrissey
    25/1 Jamie Bell
    33/1 Nicolas Cage
    33/1 Aiden Gillen
    40/1 Matt Smith
    40/1 Sean Penn
    66/1 Tom Selleck
    80/1 Ross Kemp
    100/1 Rylan Clarke
    100/1 Darius Danesh
    150/1 Alex Mills
    200/1 Elton John
    500/1 John Terry
    500/1 Luis Suarez

FAST FACTS

  • Johnny Depp was initially attached to the role in 2006.
  • Freddie Mercury, who was openly gay, died of bronchial pneumonia due to AIDS in November 1991 at the age of 45.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??

  • Who do you think would make a good Freddie Mercury?
  • Do you think the public wants to see a PG version of Mercury's life?
  • Should the members of Queen release some of the creative reigns?
  • Do you think this movie will see the light of day before 2015?

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