This is by far the strangest casting news I’ve ever written.
As most of you may or may not remember, Sacha Baron Cohen was once in the running to play singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury. Soon after, creative differences between Cohen and the production ended with the departure of the comedic actor.
Now, it appears that the producers have a new actor in mind of a Hogwarts nature. That’s right, Harry Potter himself is now the frontrunner to play the famous lead singer. A source told the Daily Star, “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it.” He added, “despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year’s movie Kill Your Darlings. Plus, he’s closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who’s much taller. Daniel can really sing, too.”
As much as I’m so taken back by the casting idea, I can’t help but wonder if Radcliffe could actually pull it off. The guy did a solid job playing a father in 2012’s The Woman in Black. Maybe this could test the guy’s abilities in a way we haven’t seen before.
The site also mentions that his character in Kill Your Darlings is also gay, and has a sex scene involving another man in that film. So, Radcliffe should be more than comfortable handling the personal life of the singer.
Nothing is official yet, but if Radcliffe accepts the role, then this is one hell of a project to look out for. What do you think? Should Daniel Radcliffe play Freddie Mercury?
Source: Daily Star