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Hands up who thought the Freddie Mercury movie was doomed from the moment Sacha Baron Cohen walked out? And for those of you with your hands up, how many of you assumed he was the only performer with the precise skillset required to play one of the most singular – in the sense of being at one and the same time heroic and preposterous (and heroic again) – performers rock music has ever thrust into the spotlight?
That’s a lot of hands.
But, in a stroke of absolute genius, Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor has reignited interest in the film with just two letters.
Speaking on the BBC’s The One Show, Roger was explaining how the casting is going, and said that the actor the band are most keen to secure the services of has the initials B and W.
When asked if that meant Ben Whishaw, star of Skyfall and generally magnetic screen presence, he replied, “Well, we hope so.”
Ben is just the latest actor to be associated with the role since Sacha’s departure, and the rumours of Daniel Radcliffe or Dominic Cooper being cast have probably not been overly helpful to the casting process, but just imagine what kind of a movie it would be with Ben in the lead role.
Startlingly different from the Baron Cohen version, of course, but still a hugely appealing proposition.
You can put your hands down now.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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