Brian May has confirmed that Queen wants actor Ben Whishaw to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in the movie they are making on the life of their late singer.
May says, “We’ve been talking to Ben, and we’re very keen, and last time we spoke he was very keen. Casting Freddie is hard. It’s a lot of things we need, but we need to get his essence.”
Cohen was let go from the project this summer because May and Roger Taylor felt he "would have been distracting." Whishaw played Q in the last James Bond movie, Skyfall.