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Ben Whishaw to play Freddie Mercury

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Story by Jack Foley

BEN Whishaw is to replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the Freddie Mercury biopic, it has been confirmed.

Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has also signed on to helm the film, according to Deadline.

News of Whishaw’s casting is not really a surprise given that he has been linked to the role since Cohen stepped down in the summer.

The film itself will focus on Mercury’s formative years and will reportedly culminate with the band’s headline performance at Live Aid in 1985.

Reports state that it will not deal with the singer’s death from AIDS-related complications in 1991.

Fletcher, who has previously directed the critical hits Wild Bill and Sunshine on Leith, has been meeting with members of Queen, including guitarist Brian May, as part of his preparation for the film.

Whishaw will next be seen in Ron Howard’s Heart of the Sea and will reprise his role as Q in the next James Bond film.

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