Category Biopics

Ben Whishaw to play Freddie Mercury?

The upcoming biopic of Queen was recently thrown into jeopardy after it was revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen, who was due to play Freddie Mercury, had left the project. Now, at the same time as Brian May has expanded on the reasons for Cohen’s departure, drummer Roger Taylor has revealed who the band want to play Mercury.

In an interview with the One Show on BBC1, Taylor said that the actor they wanted to come onboard had the initials BW. When asked if this was Ben Whishaw Taylor laughed and replied ‘hopefully’. In a separate interview with Classic Rock Magazine, guitarist May spoke for the first time about Cohen leaving. He said that the band thought Cohen’s presence in the film would be too distracting.

He added that what has led them to this conclusion was that the last three performance...

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