Ben Whishaw cast as Freddie Mercury in Queen Film. Ben Whishaw has officially been cast as the lead character in the biography film for the rock band Queen. The motion picture will be directed by Dexter Fletcher. The Queen film will begin production next year.
On the people behind the film:
GK Films’ Graham King is producing, and Sony Pictures has first crack at the film…Script is by Peter Morgan and King’s producing with Tim Headington and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, and Queen Films.
On plotline of the film:
With the band’s songs part of the package, the pic will tell the formative coming-of-age story of the group, culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985. Queen’s performance is considered one of rock’s all-time great concert appearances.
What won’t be part of the film:
Mercury died November 24, 1991, of complications from AIDS, and while his death helped to remove the stigma of AIDS sufferers prevalent at that time and particularly in the rock music industry, Mercury’s last days won’t be the subject of the film.