Ben Whishaw will have to start growing out his facial hair starting now for his role as the impeccably mustachioed Freddie Mercury.
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The upcoming biopic is finally on the move after a couple of years in limbo, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached. The remaining Queen band members apparently were concerned about the casting of Cohen, who's known for his prankster roles.
Drummer Brian Taylor told MOJO Magazine, "We felt Sacha probably wasn't right in the end... We didn't want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved."
Whishaw, who's known for his theatrical chops as well as roles in "Skyfall," "Cloud Atlas," and "Bright Star," will be no joke in the role of the singer, who died of complications from AIDS in 1991.
Director Dexter Fletcher is mostly known as an actor, but he does have some musical chops. He directed the film adaptation of "Sunshine On Leith," based on the stage musical with songs by The Proclaimers. That will hopefully help him and Whishaw get a handle on the Queen songs that the movie will probably include, like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You." Deadline reports that "the pic will tell the formative coming-of-age story of the group, culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985."
Whishaw is currently filming "In the Heart of the Sea," a drama about a whale, a shipwreck, and... cannibalism?! Director Ron Howard has been tweeting pics from the set.