Daniel Radcliffe Ends Freddie Mercury Biopic Rumours: 'I Am Completely Wrong For That Part'

He had been slated to replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the flick

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Daniel Radcliffe has denied rumours that he is set to replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

The former Harry Potter star has joked that he thinks everyone who reacted negatively to the reports was "correct", saying he is the completely wrong choice of actor for the role.

Speaking to the Empire Podcast, he said: "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."

Daniel Radcliffe will not play Freddie Mercury (WENN)

He added: "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. They seem to be saying it's Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet."

The Kill Your Darlings star said that he and former Potter co-star Emma Watson have to deal with casting rumours of this variety on a regular basis.

"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," he complained.

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