British betting firm Paddy Power has started calculating the odds for potential replacements for Sasha Baron Cohen to play venerable Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, according to Vintage Vinyl News.
Vintage Vinyl News notes that "Cohen wanted to break free, but the show had to go on, and with such a diverse mix of characters it's going to be a tough decision as to who can fill Cohen's white trousers."
Michael Sheen (5-1) has emerged as the odds on favorite, followed closely by Johnny Depp (6-1), Ewan McGregor (10-1), Hugh Jackman (10-1) and James Franco (10-1).
As we previously reported, Cohen quit the project over creative differences with the producers, including Mercury's surviving bandmates, who are reportedly pursuing a "family-friendly" approach to his story rather than the warts-and-all depiction Cohen favored.
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