Ben Whishaw To Play Freddie Mercury; Director Found

December 10, 2013

British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine On Leith) will helm the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic with Ben Whishaw attached to star. The script was written by Peter Morgan.

GK Films’ Graham King is producing. This has been a passion project for King for several years, and it started with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to play Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, before he dropped out due to creative differences. Whishaw has been rumored to be getting the Mercury role since his departure.

The picture will tell the formative coming-of-age story of the group, culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985. Mercury died November 24th, 1991, of complications from AIDS, and while his death helped to remove the stigma of AIDS sufferers prevalent at that time and particularly in the rock music industry, Mercury’s last days won’t be the subject of the film.

Among the tunes that are in the rights package are “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and “You’re My Best Friend.”

Production is set to begin next year.

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