November 19, 2015


Freddie Mercury Movie Gets Screenwriter, Possible Star and Title

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A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in the works for years, although it took a big blow when perfect lookalike Sacha Baron Cohen bowed out. Now it's picking up steam again, with Deadline writing that screenwriter Anthony McCarten has come aboard. 

McCarten scored an Academy Award nomination for last year's Stephen Hawking movie The Theory of Everything. (Star Eddie Redmayne grabbed the Oscar for that one.) The last man on the Mercury job was Peter Morgan, who has his own Oscar noms for Frost/Nixon and The Queen.

The movie may be titled Bohemian Rhapsody, and it's reportedly eyeing Ben Whishaw—the 35-year-old Brit you've espied in Spectre, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer—as its lead.

There's no director for the Freddie Mercury movie yet, but we're sure it'll reel in someone sharp. Maybe Danny Boyle, hot off Steve JobsThe Tracking Board says this thing could start filming in June 2016.