Break Out The Mustache Wax, We're Finally Getting The Freddie Mercury Biopic We Deserve

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | December 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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We’ve been circling the drain for years waiting for the biopic of Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, to be made. For awhile Sacha Baron Cohen was set to star and Les Miserables director Tom Hooper was going to helm. Daniel Radcliffe’s pint-sized name was even kicked around at one point. I wonder where they got that idea? A huge roadblock in the proceedings has been the lack of cooperation from the surviving members of Queen. Making a Freddie Mercury biopic without Queen is like making a Janis Joplin biopic without any of her actual music. We all know how that turned out.

Well, folks, break out the Mo√ęt & Chandon, Queen has landed on a director who strikes their fancy, Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher is an actor you may recognize (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Layer Cake, Stardust, etc.) who has, of late, tried his hand at directing. His debut was 2011’s Wild Bill and, even more pertinently, he directed this year’s film adaptation of the popular Proclaimers stage musical Sunshine On Leith. While it’s good news that Fletcher and Queen appear to be on the same page, the best of all possible news is that the enormously talented Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, Bright Star, The Hour) is attached to play Freddie Mercury. Oh, ladies, gay men, brace yourselves. This is going to be a sweaty delight.

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The film will purportedly “focus on the formative years of the band and culminating with the famous, stadium-rocking performance at 1985’s Live Aid event.” Whishaw is no stranger to playing British rock royalty, he portrayed a young Keith Richards in (the not terribly great) Stoned. Whishaw does, however, ooze a sweet, effortless sex appeal and charisma. Sweet sassy molassy, I can’t wait.

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(via Empire)



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  • As long as he doesn't use his Richard II voice, I'm all in.

  • Strand

    As much as I love Whishaw, I always kinda thought Sasha Baron Cohen was perfect for the role. Besides looking just like Freddy Mercury, he has that slightly exotic complexion, and larger than life personality.

  • e jerry powell

    What can I say?

  • muscleman

    Maybe they will do like the end of "What's love got to do with it" and at the end just do one last lip-synch and fade out and just show the LIVE-AID performance on the big screen. That would be really cool.

  • Three_nineteen

    It would be great if the movie didn't bother recreating the Live Aid concert and just added footage of Queen's set. For one thing, it would save a lot of money, and there is no way a recreation can even come close to the magic of the real thing. Just show "Radio Gaga" to close out the movie.

  • fluff_fluff

    Ben Whishaw's bird chest makes me concerned about his bone density. AND HOW WILL HE GROW ENOUGH CHEST HAIR TO FILL OUT THOSE TANK TOPS???

  • Ian Fay

    What's the chest hair equivalent of a merkin? Anyone?

  • Maguita NYC

    A Moobkin..?

  • Jim

    Chest Hair Wig = Chig?

  • Ian Fay

    Perhaps we can go in the other direction and just call it a Connery:

  • Jim
  • BWeaves

    A jerkin?

  • Ian Fay

    OK, now can we please get Romola Garai in something awesome?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Not enough overbite.

  • Jim

    And far too thin. Nice guy, like his work but really, he's built like Doctor Who.

  • All in all I just do not see the point in this biopic.
    I'd like it if at least one great life was left unfilmed.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, the film crew hasn't shown up at my door yet, so your prayers may be answered.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [waiting in bushes with camera]

  • BlackRabbit

    Curses! Betrayed by shrubbery!

  • maureenc

    Wait, wasn't Freddie Mercury of Indian and Persian ancestry? IMO, Ben Whishaw looks less Persian than Jake Gyllenthal and about as Indian as Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • snrp

    Yeah... I don't want to be That Guy, and love Whishaw, but am a little disappointed about the whitewashing

  • manting

    I know. Edgar Winter called him a cracker ass cracker. This guy is so pasty white English that he makes benedict cumberbatch look tan.

  • Ley

    What I took from all this: someone made a stage musical AND a film from a Proclaimers album?

  • manting

    Yes, but WHY

  • John G.

    and Soap from Lock Stock is directing? Amazing.

    Guns for show, knives for a pro.

  • John G.

    let me see, how can I say this, how to properly put my excitement for this film in just the right way......Oh, I know...


    I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars
    On a collision course
    I am a satellite I'm out of control
    I am a sex machine ready to reload
    Like an atom bomb about to
    Oh oh oh oh oh explode
  • Anne At Large

    Well my hopes are clambering their way out of the gutter, who knew?

  • mswas

    so, uh, can he sing? or is this going to be lip-synced?

  • Arran

    I would imagine lip-syncing if only because Freddie had a pretty distinctive voice. It was probably impossible to find someone who could replicate that AND act.

  • Berry

    Lip-syncing can be hokey, but in this case, I think it's the way to go. Because even if this Whishaw person can sing, I very much doubt he can sing like Freddie fucking Mercury.

  • Arran

    God, if only they'd actually title this film Freddie Fucking Mercury.

  • Guest

    .

  • Berry

    That would work.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT WHY ISN'T IT OUT RIGHT NOW

    THE MOST PRECIOUS CUPCAKE IN THE WORLD IS PLAYING FREDDIE MERCURY

    THIS IS AMAZING

  • Genevieve Burgess

    No. Sacha Baron Cohen or nothing. That was the most inspired piece of casting I'd seen in years and, perhaps, the entire reason Sacha Baron Cohen was put on earth. There is no acceptable alternative. Not even the otherwise adorably charming Mr.Whishaw up there.

  • Temmere

    I have no particular attachment to Cohen in general; I saw a couple of episodes of his show and enjoyed them, but have never seen any of his movies. But I have to admit, the idea of him playing Mercury intrigued me a LOT in a way that Whishaw, solid actor though he is, just doesn't.

  • Skyler Durden

    THIS. SBC or GTFO.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm not sure I remember correctly, but didn't both Sacha Baron Cohen and Tom Cooper leave because the powers that be were insisting on a PG-13 Fred Mercury biopic..?

    I hope they've changed their minds. There cannot be a biopic on Queen's formative years with a PG-13, it needs an R rating!

  • Zen

    This is promising; Ben Whishaw made Jean-Baptiste Grenouille something less than repulsive, and I've loved Dexter Fletcher since Press Gang.

    All I ask is that you do justice to Freddie. Bitch was fabulous.

  • Sean

    That is some good casting, assuming Whishaw gets a tan.

  • HerringGull

    And a few solid punches in the teeth.

  • I can help out with that. I've always liked Queen and if it will help him look more like Freddy Mercury and assuage my innate propensity for violence at same time, well, that's just a win-win, isn't it?

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