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 Moët & 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.
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.