He’s already starred as the most famous wizard of all-time, now Daniel Radcliff may be headed towards playing one of he most famous rockers of all-time. According to a report from the Daily Star, the Harry Potter actor is in talks to play Queen singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.
Radcliff’s involvement in the project comes after Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the film after months of being attached to play Mercury. The project looked to be heading back to Development Hell, but Harry Potter may work some magic to make the biopic happen.
But now producers are keen to bag Radcliffe, 24, and are prepared to offer him big money to tempt him to play the gay singer, whose string of hits included camp rock anthem I Want To Break Free.
If he takes the part, Hollywood insiders predict it will be the actor’s biggest pay day since he played Harry Potter in the successful movies.
According to reports, Cohen exited the film after taking issue with the film going for a box office friendly PG-13 rating, which was what surviving Queen band members were asking for. Cohen wanted to make the film a more gritty and real-life portrayal of Mercury’s personal life and his death from AIDS, subject matters that would suggest a hard R rating.
With Radcliff, not only will the film get the PG-13 rating the band members want, but it may draw an even larger audience than a film with Cohen may have brought in.