Queen Wants Ben Whishaw To Play Freddie Mercury
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.19.2013
According to Roger Taylor...
In an appearance on BBC's The One Show (via NME), Queen's Roger Taylor said that the band want Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic.
Sacha Baron Cohen had been set to star since the film was announced in September 2010 but left the project this summer after he and Queen disagreed on the direction. Queen have script and director approval on the film.
Taylor said: "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end. We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."
He mentioned that the actor they have in mind had the initials BW. When host Alex Jones suggested Whishaw,'s name, Taylor replied: "Well, we hope so."
Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) was set to write but last month he said the film is "probably not going to happen" after Baron Cohen left. Producer Graham King later said that the project is "still very much alive".
Daniel Radcliffe had been rumored for the film, but he denied it and said: "I am completely wrong for that part!"