Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury

Sacha Baron Cohen with his wife Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen with his wife Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen is to take on the role of the legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

The Ali G comedian will star in a film scripted by The Queen writer Peter Morgan.

Queen guitarist Brian May said Mr Baron Cohen had been interested in the role for some time

The film’s producer Graham King said: “With Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success”.

Mr Baron Cohen, who reportedly became a father for the second time this week, starred in the films Borat and Bruno and appeared as an Israeli tour guide in an episode of The Simpsons.

Last updated: 2:59pm, January 28 2011