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09/25/2013 09:00 am ET | Updated Sep 25, 2013

Freddie Mercury Biopic Won't Star Daniel Radcliffe Or Sacha Baron Cohen

After it was announced this summer that Sacha Baron Cohen would no longer star in a forthcoming biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, speculation immediately began as to which actors could possibly step into the role.

One name tossed around? "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe, who it was said may be up for the part after producers for the film were reportedly impressed with Radcliffe's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in the recent film, "Kill Your Darlings."

Radcliffe recently spoke to the rumors, telling Empire Online in a podcast, "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," Radcliffe continued. "I am completely wrong for that part."

As to Baron Cohen's departure from the film after three years of planning, Queen's Roger Taylor recently said that the band had some concerns as a result of the actor's largely comical resume. "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end," Taylor told Mojo. "We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."

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