Daniel Radcliffe Not Replacing Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury
Following news in July that Sacha Baron Cohen had departed the Freddie Mercury biopic from writer Peter Morgan due to a creative clash with the surviving band members of Queen, who are also producing the film, there might be a replacement being lined up. The Daily Mail (which isn't necessarily the best source for anything other than rumors) reports Daniel Radcliffe has been offered the lead role as the lead singer of the iconic classic rock band. The report says that the Harry Potter franchise star has been told that the role is his if he if he chooses to accept it. The actor is currently coming off playing real-life poet and beatnik figure Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, but this role is much different for obvious reasons. More below!
This would likely require some singing on Radcliffe's part, and we've yet to see him do that on the big screen. However, Radcliffe is no stranger to singing since he had the lead role on Broadway in an adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (see his performance from the Tonys right here). But Mercury's voice is not easy to impersonate, so he might end up lip syncing anyway. It's not clear if this is something that will come to fruition of if rumors are just swirling because Radcliffe took a meeting, but it would certainly be another solid role to bring Radcliffe further away from his Harry Potter image.
UPDATE: This rumor has been debunked by The Wrap for now. Supposedly Radcliffe hasn't been offered the part, and the members of Queen producing the movie haven't reached out to the actor at all.