British actor Ben Whishaw has officially signed on to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic of the Queen frontman.
The star of BBC2 period drama The Hour, who also played Q in James Bond hit Skyfall, is said to have completed screen tests, according to Deadline, and was a popular choice with the band.
Queen guitarist Brian May, in particular, was hopeful that Whishaw would take on the role, telling the Telegraph in October, “We’ve been talking to Ben and we’re very keen and last time we spoke he was very keen.
“It’s a lot of things we need, but we need to get his essence,” May added, of casting the role of Freddie.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe had previously been linked with the part, in addition to Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, who’s thought to have dropped out earlier this year due to creative differences.
There is currently no official title or release date for the project, but Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine On Leith) has been named as director.
The film will detail Mercury’s life during the formation of Queen in the 1970s up to and including their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.