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Radcliffe: I'm wrong for Mercury

Daniel Radcliffe has laughed off rumours he will play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, saying he is "completely wrong" for the part.

The Harry Potter star had been linked to the role of the flamboyant rocker in the upcoming biopic, after Sacha Baron Cohen left the project in July, citing "creative differences".

"There is no truth to it at all. It's one of those 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," he told Empire.

"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!"

Daniel - who will next star in Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings, Alexandre Aja's supernatural thriller Horns and romantic comedy The F Word - said lots of rumours cannot be trusted.

"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 24-year-old continued.

"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."

Meanwhile, Queen drummer Roger Taylor revealed Ali G funnyman Sacha wasn't suitable for the role, telling Mojo: " We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."

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