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Whishaw now favourite for Freddie Mercury biopic

By | Published on Monday 21 October 2013

Freddie Mercury

Acting bloke Ben Whishaw, these days best know for playing a young Q in the rebooted James Bond franchise, is now favourite to play Freddie Mercury in the previously reported biopic being planned by the Queen frontman’s surviving former bandmates.

Sacha Baron Cohen was, of course, originally lined up to play the flamboyant pop star, but dropped out of the project earlier this year, reportedly over differences of opinion with Brian May and Roger Taylor as to what elements of Mercury’s life the movie should centre on.

Taylor seemingly added to the Whishaw speculation on Friday by stating in an interview that an actor with the initials “BW” was now the frontrunner to front the film. Though, while Whishaw would be a good hire for the part of Mercury, Barbara Windsor, now that would be proper brave casting.

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