Ben Whishaw tipped to play Freddie Mercury in upcoming Queen biopic

Queen drummer Roger Taylor drops hint during interview on BBC's The One Show that the Skyfall star may take the role of the late singer

Ben Whishaw tipped to play Freddie Mercury in upcoming Queen biopic
19 October 2013

Ben Whishaw has been tipped to play the role of Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the late Queen singer.

 

The gay actor, famous for playing Q in the latest James Bond film ‘Skyfall’, has been rumoured to portray Mercury after Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project.

 

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe had previously been rumoured to take over the role from Baron Cohen.

 

Mercury’s surviving bandmates are hoping that Whishaw will portray their former frontman.

 

Speaking on The One Show, Queen drummer Roger Taylor told hosts Chris Evans and Alex Jones they hope the initials of the actor to play the role of Mercury would have the initials ‘BW’.

 

When asked by Evans if that actor may be Whishaw, Taylor said: ‘Well, we hope so!’

 

The biopic on the famous Queen frontman was rumoured to have stalled following Baron Cohen dropped out of the project in July, citing ‘creative differences’.

 

The film is reported to follow Queen’s rise to fame, culminating with their groundbreaking performance at Live Aid in 1985.

 

Whishaw is no stranger to portraying rock stars.

 

He previously played Keith Richards in Rolling Stones biopic ‘Stoned’, and Bob Dylan in ‘I’m Not There’.

 

In August, Whishaw revealed he was gay, and had married his longterm partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, in a ceremony in Sydney last year.

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