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'Skyfall' Star Ben Whishaw to Play Freddie Mercury in Biopic

October 21, 2013 (4:36 am) GMT
Roger Taylor says the computer geek Q on the latest James Bond film becomes the top contender to play Queen's late singer.
'Skyfall' Star Ben Whishaw to Play Freddie Mercury in Biopic

is the frontrunner to play 's rocker Freddie Mercury in upcoming biopic, so Roger Taylor spills in a radio interview with Chris Evans and Alex Jones. He initially only gave the initial "BW" when the topic came up. Jones pressed further, asking if it was the "" actor, to which the drummer confirmed, "Well, we hope so."

The late singer was originally set to be played by , but he dropped out of the movie due to creative differences. "Harry Potter" star and "" thesp were previously linked to replace the "" actor, but the "" star was quick to deny his involvement in the project.

Cohen was said planning to offer a gritty R-rated look at the life of the iconic rocker in the upcoming movie, but the band's remaining members who serve as producers allegedly wanted it to be a PG one. Taylor later explained their issues with the funnyman, "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, 33, is best known for his role as computer genius Q in the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall". He was last seen in "" and will next appear in "", "" and "" among others.

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