Ben Whishaw has been named by Queen drummer Roger Taylor as the band’s favorite to play Freddie Mercury in a long-planned biopic. Taylor was asked on the BBC One programme One Show about casting the lead role. On behalf of fellow band member Brian May, he said an actor with initials “B.W.” was the frontrunner. When asked if he was referring to Ben Whishaw, Taylor said: “Well, we hope so.” It was believed that Captain America thesp Dominic Cooper was to replace the outgoing Sacha Baron Cohen, but now Whishaw has been established as the firm favorite. Cohen left the project earlier this year due to alleged creative differences concerning the direction of the film.
The British media worried the project might never go into production following Cohen’s departure, but news of Queen favoring Whishaw will quell fears that the biopic may never happen. Whishaw is best known as gadget master Q in last year’s wildly successful Bond film Skyfall. ~Raj-Kabir Birk