Influential blogger El Mayimbe, of the Latino Review, said a "trusted source" claimed Cooper was "circling the project". As well as a distinct physical resemblance to Mercury, Cooper also apparently has a decent singing voice. Cooper is currently filming Dracula Untold, in the role of vampire hunter Abraham van Helsing.
Baron Cohen left the project earlier this year after his "racy" take on Mercury's life was rejected by the remaining members of Queen. The band's drummer Roger Taylor said: "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved." Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Damned United, Frost/Nixon) also left the project as he had been brought in by Baron Cohen.
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