Ben Whishaw to play Freddie Mercury

11 December 2013

Will he do the Fandango?

British actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as rock star Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming biopic, it has been confirmed.

Earlier this year, it was reported that comedian and Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be playing the Queen frontman - but then Cohen dropped out, with rumblings from the Queen camp that the surviving members of the band were unhappy with the casting choice.

Despite Cohen’s strong physical resemblance to Mercury, it was reported that some band members were concerned his depiction might not be taken seriously enough, or be too warts-and-all.

Still, the show must go on, and after a long vacancy, Whishaw has now stepped into Mercury’s starry plimsolls.

It’s another high-profile role for the 33-year-old actor, following star turns as Q in Skyfall, Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, and about a bazillion different characters in last year’s Cloud Atlas.

Whishaw will now be presumably practising saying “day-oh!” in preparation for the currently untitled film, which is to be directed by Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith).

[Source: Deadline]