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Blake Lively has signed on to star opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in an untitled biopic about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The film, which is set to begin production this April, is rumoured to have Les Miserables and The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper circling the director’s chair.

Lively has reportedly signed on to play Mercury’s girlfriend, Mary Austin, in the film. This will be the first post Gossip Girl role for the actress, which she wrapped last November. Recently, Lively has been building her dramatic acting profile by starring in several heavy films including The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Ben Affleck’s The Town and Oliver Stone’s Savages.

Personally, I think Lively is a great actress and incredibly charismatic. I enjoy her work a lot and I’m excited to see her breaking away from her Gossip Girl bubble by starting to »

- Blake Dew

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