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Daniel Radcliffe Shoots Down Freddy Mercury Rumors

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has shot down rumors that he's about to portray Freddy Mercury in a new biopic.

Empire reports:

"There is no truth to it at all," Radcliffe told the Empire Podcast. "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," he laughed. "I AM completely wrong for that part!" 

Radcliffe, on the promotional trail for his Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings, offered an interesting take on the mainstream rumour mill.  "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. 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."

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Disappointed by this bit of non-casting news, Instincters? Who do you think should tackle the role?