Queen Biopic Finds its Star in Ben Whishaw
The upcoming Freddie Mercury has finally found its star.
According to Deadline, British actor Ben Whishaw — best known for his role as Q in the most recent Bond flick, Skyfall — will play Mercury in the upcoming biopic.
The movie, which will be helmed by first time director Dexter Fletcher with a script written by The Queen and Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan, will tell the story of the band’s rise to fame, culminating with Queen’s legendary performance at the 1985 charity concert, Live Aid, which was organized by Bob Geldof to raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia.
Mercury’s last days before his death will not be featured in the film. The frontman passed away in 1991 of complications from AIDS.
The film is slated to include Queen’s music including their hit songs “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and “You’re My Best Friend.”
Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast as Mercury in 2010, but left the film this past July due to “creative differences” with the surviving members of Queen.
The movie, which will be produced by Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions, is slated to start shooting sometime next year. No release date has been announced as of now.