We were warned a few months ago that Katy Perry was being courted by Hollywood producers as an instant movie star simply because she’s so pretty. Now an actual project is reportedly being lined up with quirky Katy in a featured role as the girlfriend/common-law wife of late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who will be played by stunt-butt-for-hire, Sacha Baron Cohen. Katy is said to be thrilled to be considered for the role of Mary Austin because she idolizes Freddie, which doesn’t mean that she’s a talented actress of course or that she has the chops to pull of playing Freddie’s wife. Still, Katy thinks she can do it, and if she’s already been shortlisted, that means someone has faith in her ability, I guess. If you’ll remember, Katy dressed up as Freddie for Halloween in 2008.
MTV has a photo of Mary Austin with Freddie, and I really don’t see the purported resemblance between Katy and Mary at all. But hey, there’s always makeup. Here’s the details:
Katy Perry is reportedly being lined up to play Queen legend Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend in a new film.
According to The Mirror, K-Pez is being considered for the role of Mary Austin and if successful, will star alongside funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen who is set to portray Freddie.
Baron Cohen is said to be already working with remaining Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor on the biopic – which is apparently due to start filming next year.
A pal of Perry’s is quoted by the newspaper as saying that the Teenage Dream hitmaker would be thrilled to play Austin, adding: “Katy would love to be in the film as she is such a huge fan. Katy has a similar look to Mary and would be a brilliant foil to Sacha.”
Mercury famously dated Mary in the 1970’s for six years before admitting that he was bisexual, causing the couple to separate.
Freddie later claimed that despite having several male partners, he remained close to Austin calling her his “common-law” wife.
Before his death in 1991 after a battle with HIV, Freddie said: “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary. But it’s simply impossible.”
Katy has previously praised Mercury, describing him as her ‘musical idol’, while also dressing up as the iconic singer at her birthday party in 2008.
The film about Freddie is being produced by Academy Award winner Graham King, with the plot focusing on Mercury’s rise to fame, his time in Queen and the band’s historic Live Aid performance in 1985.
This sounds like a disaster in the making because Katy has a little experience in voice work (The Smurfs) and will play herself in an upcoming 3-D concert movie, but when she tries to actually act — such as during her “Part of Me” video where she joins the Marines — she comes off looking ridiculous. But hey, if investors want to throw their money her way, I guess that’s ultimately their problem. Poor Freddie Mercury.
Here’s a few photos of Katy showing off a butt cheek as she stumbled out of a London nightclub over the weekend. Pure class, that one.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN
Interesting. I always thought Freddie Mercury was gay.
What’s wrong with Katy going into acting? Taylor Swift sure isn’t much, but she’s doing it. Bash her skills for a change pls.
he was gay but he had been married with his best friend whom he adored and they stay friends after the divorce
i believe she inherited at Freddie’s death
I think such a pivotal role for the movie that also doesn’t require any singing should be casted with someone with acting chops.
that makes sense but think of all the movies that wouldn’t have been filmed if they waited for actings skills?
Don’t know about her playing Mercury’s girlfriend, but Russell Brand could totally play the man himself.
He certainly looks the part (his cheekbones, and that distance between them and his jaw are the same as Mercury’s).
I don’t know about Katy but Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie? That’s such a joke. Or is it meant to be a comedy? Really?! They could have come up with someone better. I like SBC but he’s gigantic for Freddie and he’s often over the top in his acting, Freddie was only ever ott on stage. This is worrying.
Cohen is a great idea of casting as Freddie Mercury in my opinion
I agree, I think he’ll take the role seriously and play it well
Katy Perry is a horrible idea of stunt casting, especially if this movie is being made to show Freddies life as opposed to satirize him
I was worried as well, but he did a great job in Hugo. No overacting at all. His clips in Le mis have also looked good. He’s only over the top when doing his own characters, he seems to do a much more subdued performance when it is someone else’s work.
They’ll have to find a way to make him look more petite as Cohen is much taller than freddie, but overall I’ve come around to thinking it is a great casting choice. As long as he lip syncs. The singing would be a different story.
Sasha Baron Cohen really loses himself in his characters. For sure he’s done mostly comedic farces but he has immersed himself in becomind the characters he plays. I really do think that he will take this seriously as an actor and will be able to pull it off. If he doesn’t, he’ll never get any dramatic roles again 🙂
Sasha Baron Cohen would be great as Freddy Mercury but as far as Katy Perry goes, acting needs to be left to actors. Too many singers try to make it and they fail. There are only a coupld of singers who can act (Cher is really the only one that comes to mind although there has to be others???)
Timberlake is watchable in SEXFRIENDS and good in SOCIAL NETWORK (now i’m going to wash my mouth to say that)
Barbara Streisand…(sure I spelled that wrong) 🙁
Katy has no resemblance, but Baron-Cohen could be a dead ringer. But can he sing? I guess he’ll lip sink.
If I remember right, he nailed his character in Sweeny Todd. (Did I get that right?) Even Depp did his own vocals in that film. He should do just fine.
If I remember right, he did great with his character in Sweeny Todd. (Did I get that right?) Even Depp did his own vocals in that film. He should do just fine.
Truly.. TRULY, we honor shit. We have become a world where the dollar speaks on everything and ‘art’ is what is shoved into you based on what sells.
IF she gets this role is it based upon her stellar acting talent demonstrated from her having a voice role as Smurfette??
Market Corporation entertainment.. this is it at its purest.
Please, dear God, PLEASE make her go away.
WTF is going on with the world today? First Cracken now this? I’m sick of this shit already…
I agree hanna and annaloo – NO NO NO Freddie Mercury was perhaps the greatest front man ever and Queen is top ten/five rock bands go on youtube and watch their wembly performance from 1986 -why do these immature narcissistic talentless pop stars want to ruin everything with their fatuous mediocrity – who cares about Freddie’s gayness, HIs live singing ability is unmatched – this is why i and many on these sites, despise today’s so-called “stars” they have no respect for anything but their own self-aggrandizement. THis should be boycotted if it comes to fruition.
Freddy is a great singer and a great entertainer
I doubt this will happen. Brian May and Roger Taylor are both working on this film, and I doubt either one of them would let her anywhere near this thing. At least I hope so. It’s the only thing keeping me from having a tantrum while at work.
I think SBC could pull this off, but I worry about the singing. NO ONE can ever come close to Freddie’s voice.
Nah. I think she should play Freddie. MWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!
Some people have too much money to waste. How about casting talented actors?
She can’t sing and she’s a singer. Why would should she be able to act to be an actress?