The Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Back On

Way back in 2010, we reported that Sacha Baron Cohen would play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a forthcoming biopic. Sadly, the world would never get to witness that absurdity; Cohen dropped out of the movie in 2013, citing “creative difference.” But now, it’s looking like the Mercury biopic will still happen, though it won’t look anything like the one that would’ve starred Cohen. Deadline reports that screenwriter Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, has been hired to write it, and Bohemian Rhapsody is a possible (and no-durr obvious) title. Producers haven’t cast an actor as Mercury yet, but they’re reportedly eyeing Ben Whishaw, who was charmingly nerdy as James Bond sidekick Q in Skyfall and Spectre. That’s a pretty strong pedigree! And Mercury certainly had a fascinating (and ultimately tragic) life, though it’s hard to imagine Whishaw or any other actor capturing his otherworldly presence.