I was on board with this whole Freddy Mercury biopic when Sascha Baron Cohen was slated to play the Queen front man. Now, with Sascha Baron Cohen out, the remaining members of the band want Ben Whishaw as Freddy himself. I am not sure if I can see Ben doing this part. He is great as Q in Skyfall and amazing as Richard II in The Hollow Crown series.
Freddy Mercury had a flamboyance and style all his own. It was as if Sascha Baron Cohen was born for this part! I also failed to mention Tom Hooper, of Les Miserables is supposed to direct. Tom Hooper is an amazing director but I don't know if even he can make Ben Whishaw into a convincing Freddy Mercury.