Ben Whishaw to Play Freddie Mercury in Music Biopic
Dexter Fletcher will direct GK Films untitled Freddie Mercury biopic with actor Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) set to play Queen’s flamboyant frontman. Whishaw will replace Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Misérables, Borat) who exited the role due to creative differences. GK Films’ Graham King is producing and Sony Pictures has first rights to distribute the film. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) wrote the latest draft of the script about the late singer/songwriter’s life. Producers have already landed music rights to several of Queen’s biggest hits. The movie will focus on the years leading up to British rock band Queen’s appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic will focus on the years of the band leading up to Queen’s appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Mercury formed the band Queen in 1970 and served as lead singer until his death in 1991 at the age of 45. Queen has sold over 170 million albums with its best known titles — all with powerful vocals from Mercury — including “We Will Rock You,” “We are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”