Freddie Mercury Biopic 'About to Go,' Band Confirms 'Shooting in May'

"It will be a hell of an entertaining film," Brian May adds.

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Queen gave a brief update on the status of Freddie Mercury biopic, confirming plans to kick off the filming process in May.

Chatting with VH1 Radio Network, guitarist Brian May noted that "the movie is about to go," adding, "We will be shooting in May. At this point, Roger [Taylor] and I step backwards because we have a great team to put the film together under the leadership of Graham King, who is probably the greatest independent producer in films. We will let them do it and shoot it and hopefully it will be an interesting thing."

Brian elaborated further about the overall experience, saying, "I've learned a lot about films in this process. What you discover is films don't really tell history, films are an entertainment and that's an interesting journey to make. You realize that it cannot be absolutely true. What is the truth? The truth would be different for the people telling the story, but it will be a hell of an entertaining film I think."

Drummer Roger Taylor also gave his two cents, sharing a similar stance as Metallica's Kirk Hammett as far as the comparison of the music world and film domain goes. "It seems like the wheels grind slowly in the movie word," he said. "I'm glad I'm a musician."

As previously reported, May recently shot down rumors claiming that the band is aiming to make the biopic family-friendly, explaining to Rolling Stone how it was "all crap made by some publicist."

"There was a story put out by Sacha [Baron Cohen]'s publicist - I think that's where it came from - that Sacha had walked out in disgust because we didn't want to make a film with the kind of script we approved," the guitarist noted. "But none of that was true. We parted amicably. We're still in touch and we're still good friends. We just came to the conclusions that it wasn't going to work with Sacha in the leading role. He's brilliant."

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    jamie_hough
    Hmmm... obviously its foolish to pass judgement at this infant stage but I cant help but feel this will fall on its face. I sure hope it doesn't, but I cant shake the feeling that in a couple years time I'm going to be doing a grumpy man walk out of the local cinema...
    danny.kopij
    What you discover is films don't really tell history, films are an entertainment and that's an interesting journey to make. You realize that it cannot be absolutely true. What is the truth? The truth would be different for the people telling the story, but it will be a hell of an entertaining film I think Ummm. So does that mean this movie isn't meant to be accurate?
    JAHellraiser
    Spoiler alert: Tehy start to rebuild Freddie at the end of the movie, and he comes back in the sequel as a one-man band cyborg.
    Izzy-Sweet
    I lost faith once they got rid of Sacha. I know that was a while ago now, but I'm still lost and confused, they got rid of the perfect guy to play Freddie Mercury.
    dennis.1960
    Just watched Talledega Nights and Borat and I still think Sacha would have been perfect...oh well...