'We've found our Freddie," Brian May told HuffPostUK a month ago, and now it's official.

'Skyfall' star Ben Whishaw WILL play flamboyant Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming biopic film, it has been confirmed by Deadline.

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Ben Whishaw is confirmed to be playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming film


Dexter Fletcher has been signed on to direct the film, which will document Queen's formative years, culminating with their day-stealing performance at Live Aid in 1985.

Whishaw is already a British favourite on stage and TV - as Freddie Lyon in 'The Hour' - and made a whole load of new fans worldwide as Q in 'Skyfall', a role he's scheduled to take on again in the next Bond film. He's also appeared in 'Perfume', Bob Dylan biopic 'I'm Not There' and, recently, 'Cloud Atlas'.

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The film is expected to concentrate on the early years of Queen


Dexter Fletcher only made his directorial debut two years ago, but recently dealt with the demands of music on film at the helm of 'Sunshine on Leith', based on the Proclaimers' songs.

Whishaw steps into the demanding role of Mercury, following the departure in the summer of Sacha Baron Cohen. It was believed at the time that the surviving members of Queen were keen not to highlight the party-loving side of Mercury, at the height of his powers in the late 1970s and 80s. He died in 1991.

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    The official 'Bohemian Rhapsody' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'. Please favourite/like and subscribe! Lyrics below: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide No escape from reality Open your eyes Look up to the skies and see I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go A little high, little low Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me Mama, just killed a man Put a gun against his head Pulled my trigger, now he's dead Mama, life had just begun But now I've gone and thrown it all away Mama, ooo Didn't mean to make you cry If I'm not back again this time tomorrow Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters Too late, my time has come Sends shivers down my spine Body's aching all the time Goodbye everybody - I've got to go Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows) I don't want to die I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all I see a little silhouetto of a man Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo Figaro - magnifico But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me He's just a poor boy from a poor family Spare him his life from this monstrosity Easy come easy go - will you let me go Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go Will not <b>...</b>

  • Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now'

    The official 'Don't Stop Me Now' music video. Taken from 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.

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    The official 'The Show Must Go On' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Innuendo'. Please visit us at www.thunderboltgames.com

  • Queen - 'Fat Bottomed Girls'

    The official 'Fat Bottomed Girls' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.

  • Queen - We are the champions, live

    We are the champions live.

  • Under Pressure

    Queen & David Bowie

  • Another one bites the dust Queen

    Another one bites the dust

  • Queen - 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'

    The official 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.

  • Queen - Radio Ga Ga

    Music video by Queen performing Radio Ga Ga. (C) 2003 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive license to Hollywood Records, Inc.

  • Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever (High Quality)

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  • Queen - Killer Queen

    Music video by Queen performing Killer Queen. (C) 1974 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV

  • Queen - 'Liar'

    The official 'Liar' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.

  • Queen - Bicycle Race

    the video of this classic song

  • Queen - I Want To Break Free

    Music video by Queen performing I Want To Break Free. (C) 1984 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV

  • Queen - Innuendo

    Queen - Innuendo (1991)

  • Queen - 'Flash'

    The official 'Flash' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.

  • Queen- 'Princes Of The Universe'

    The official 'Princes Of The Universe' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 2'.