Freddie Mercury Biopic Gets Leading Man

Actor Ben Whishaw has been tapped to play the leading role in the upcoming biopic of Queen legend Freddie Mercury. Whishaw most famously starred as Q in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall.

Whishaw will step into the void left by Sasha Baron Cohen after the latter exited the project earlier this year.

Cohen had long been linked to the project, but departed after the remaining members of Queen voiced concerns about his participation.

According to guitarist Brian May, Cohen may have been too noticeable in his own right to play Mercury:

"You have to really suspend that disbelief," he said in reference to the long selection process. "The man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie."

British screen star Dexter Fletcher has been selected to direct the picture.

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