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Queen, Please: Daniel Radcliffe Is Not Playing Freddie Mercury

By Brandon Voss

Perhaps you've read the rumor that Daniel Radcliffe has been tapped to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.

"Daniel Radcliffe aims for a new kind of magic in Freddie Mercury biopic," read The Guardian's headline. "I wand to break free! Daniel Radcliffe to play Freddie Mercury," proclaimed the Daily Star. After all, if we can't trust unnamed "sources" and "Hollywood insiders," who can we trust?

Um, no. "There is no truth to it at all," the Harry Potter star and outspoken LGBT ally tells the Empire Podcast. "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!"

Which icon would he consider playing in a biopic? "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."

Got that, Internet? Now hush.

Don't worry, you can still see an unmanscaped Daniel go gay as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming true-crime drama Kill Your Darlings, which opens Oct. 18 in limited release.

Photo: Terry Richardson for Out

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