Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a movie set for release in 2014, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. Filming on the biopic is set to begin in the Spring of next year.

After a 'band meeting', May told fans on his official website, "The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule - filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie." According to Cinema Blend, High Fidelity director Stephen Fears is the frontrunner to helm the movie, though May failed to mention him in his latest post. Comedic actor Cohen - the man behind Borat, Bruno and The Dictator - is certainly a solid choice for the role of Mercury. The actor proved in Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd' that he can hold a tune, and has plenty of on-screen presence (he'll need every bit of that to portray the Queen frontman.)

Mercury was the subject of the BBC documentary' The Great Pretender' on Tuesday evening (October 16, 2012). You can read our review of the programme HERE.