A couple of days ago we reported on rumours that Daniel Radcliffe had been offered the role of Freddie Mercury in a biopic. Even at the time we were sceptical, partly because the news came from the not always trustworthy folks over at the Daily Star.
Now Radcliffe has stepped up to rubbish the rumour himself, telling Empire, “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.”
He adds, “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!”
In fact Radcliffe knows nothing about the movie. “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!’, he says. “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.”
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.”
That means the Freddie Mercury role is still open after Sacha Baron-Cohen dropped out a couple of months ago.