The Show Must Go On: Freddie Mercury Biopic To Start Shooting In June?

19 November 2015, 11:07 | Updated: 19 November 2015, 11:18

Freddie Mercury and Ben Whishaw

The lead role is reportedly set to star Ben Whishaw.

The much-anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic is reportedly set to start shooting in June. 

According to The Tracking Board, the film - which follows the life of the Queen frontman - is back on track, with Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) taking over screenwriting duties from Peter Morgan (The Queen,Frost/Nixon).

Spectre actor Ben Whishaw is also thought to be close to scoring the role, following Sascha Baron Cohen's departure from the project. 

The Borat star was said to step down from the role after experiencing creative differences with exec producers and surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

The website adds that Johnny Flynn and Gemma Arterton are "attached" as Roger Taylor and Mary Austin, and filming is set to commence on June 2016. 

However, Queen might be a little busy that month, after having confirmed they would headline Isle Of Wight Festival on Sunday 12 June.