So much for Daniel Radcliffe playing Freddie Mercury. Radcliffe made it clear that he will not be replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left the project back in July over ‘creative differences’ between him and the surviving members of Queen.
Radcliffe told Empire Podcast that “There is no truth to it at all. It’s one of those very, very funny things: it came out of a story in the Daily Star and then you see newspapers like The Guardian using The Star as their source, and it grows and grows [until] it’s ‘Dan Radcliffe is playing Freddie Mercury!’, which I was never going to do. Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I’m totally wrong for that part is correct. I AM completely wrong for that part!”
Radcliffe is currently promoting his Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings.
He went on to say that “If I’d seen a rumour about me playing Iggy Pop, I’d think, ‘Hey, I’d have a go at that – that’d be fun!’, but Freddie Mercury? No. I don’t even know who the director is. They seem to be saying it’s Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet.”
Radcliffe went on to say that “This is the kind of thing that happens to me and it happens to Emma (Watson) with multiple 50 Shades Of Grey things. When somebody has column inches to fill, they just sub in one of our names.”
Radcliffe is best known for portraying the titular Harry Potter in the Harry Potter movie adaptations of the novels by J.K. Rowling.