Freddie Mercury Biopic Finds a Director, Confirms Ben Whishaw for Lead
The Freddie Mercury biopic, backed by legendary band Queen, has hit its fair share of snags along the way to production, but now things are back on track. Dexter Fletcher, a British actor-turned-director who recently helmed the musical ‘Sunshine on Leith,’ has been tapped in to direct the film.
Previously, ‘Les Miserables‘ director Tom Hooper was said to be in the running for the gig, though Deadline reports that Fletcher has recently inked a deal for the film, produced by GK Films. As for Freddie Mercury himself, ‘Skyfall‘ star Ben Whishaw was said to be Queen’s top pick for the role, and it seems that discussions are looking good for him to take the role and for production to begin next year.
Sacha Baron Cohen of ‘Borat’ fame was originally fitted in the Freddie Mercury role, though had to part ways with the project due to grappling perspectives between him and the band as to how the legendary rocker should be portrayed. Considering the hard life Mercury led through suffering from HIV and a hard-partying lifestyle, Cohen was set on making the film under an R rating, while Queen plans on keeping it somewhat family friendly.
The Freddie Mercury biopic is said to be the coming-of-age story of Queen, leading up to their headlining Live Aid in 1985. While Mercury died from AIDS complications, his last days will not be a part of the film, though you can expect songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” to help tell his tale.