Daniel Radcliffe Shuts Down Freddie Mercury Rumors
Just days ago, rumors began to swirl that "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe had been tapped to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic on the Queen frontman. However, according to Radcliffe himself, the story is absolutely false.
While promoting his new film "Kill Your Darlings," Radcliffe spoke with Empire and set the record straight:
"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."
"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!. 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," he continued. "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."
The Mercury film, from Sony Pictures and GK Films, has yet to announce a release date or any official casting.