Daniel Radcliffe Frontrunner to Play Freddie Mercury?

By AMC September 23, 2013

Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe literally grew up on-screen with the "Harry Potter" franchise and have carefully crafted their projects after the incredibly successful magical saga concluded. Emma Watson shined in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Bling Ring", and Daniel Radcliffe held his own in the horror film "The Woman in Black" and looks solid in the upcoming indie film "Horns". Now Radcliffe has his sights set on something a bit more challenging, and eccentric.

It's being reported that Radcliffe is the frontrunner to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic. Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play the legendary singer but he dropped out due to "creative differences".

According to sources, "Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it. Despite his youth, Daniel impressed movie bosses with his portrayal of gay poet Allen Ginsburg in this year's movie Kill Your Darlings." They also added, "Plus, he's closer in height to Freddie than Sacha, who's much taller. Daniel can really sing, too."

Cohen certainly had the flamboyant and colorful nature that set Mercury apart from other musicians and icons of his time. This will definitely be the challenge of his career thus far, but does Radcliffe have what it takes to do justice to a real-life and incredibly memorable icon?

Provided the film does come to fruition, Peter Morgan is penning the script, known for such writing credits as "Rush" and "Frost/Nixon".

Do you think Radcliffe would be good as Mercury? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: DarkHorizons

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