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Ben Whishaw cast in Freddie Mercury film

By | Published on Wednesday 11 December 2013

Freddie Mercury

Speculation that Ben Whishaw was favourite to swap in for Sacha Baron Cohen as the star of the previously reported Freddie Mercury biopic has culminated in… um, just that happening.

Deadline confirms that Whishaw will replace Baron Cohen in the long talked-about film, the latter having reportedly got the boot over storyline disputes with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor.

With its star now officially on board (and possibly to stay so), the film also has a director in one-time ‘Press Gang’ actor Dexter Fletcher, and a screenwriter in ‘The Queen’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ pen Peter Morgan.