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.
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