Freddie Mercury biopic now has director and star attached

News Simon Brew 10 Dec 2013 - 06:16

Ben Whishaw is to take on the role of Freddie Mercury in the long-gestating biopic of the late Queen front man...

Earlier this year, Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the planned biopic of Freddie Mercury, leaving the producers with a sizeable problem. Who could convincingly step into the shoes of the legendary Queen lead singer? The answer, it seems, is Skyfall star Ben Whishaw.

Whishaw was linked with the role last week, but it's now being reported that he is indeed on board. The plan is to film the movie next year if all works out. Whishaw's committed to reprising his role as Q in Sam Mendes' next James Bond movie, but that's unlikely to be a massive time commitment.

In terms of who's going to direct the film, Dexter Fletcher - off the back of the success of Sunshine On Leith - is also apparently on board. He's signed on the dotted line, and has been meeting the rest of Queen ahead of getting the movie before the cameras next year.

Peter Morgan has penned the script for the film, and as we hear more about it and its progress, we'll let you know...

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