Freddie Mercury biopic starring Ben Whishaw ‘will start shooting in June 2016’

'The Theory Of Everything Screenwriter' Anthony McCarten is reportedly rewriting its script

The long-planned biopic of Freddie Mercury looks to be back on track.

Ben Whishaw is said to remain in contention to portray the late Queen frontman and The Theory Of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten has reportedly been hired to rewrite the existing script by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon).

Shooting is due to start in June, The Tracking Board reports, with Scrotal Recall‘s Johnny Flynn in line to play Roger Taylor and Gemma Arterton attached to play Mercury’s former girlfriend Mary Austin.

The Mercury biopic has been in the works for over five years, with Sacha Baron Cohen originally attached to star as the iconic rock singer. However, the Borat actor dropped out in July 2013 due to apparent “creative differences” with Brian May and Roger Taylor, who are serving as executive producers on the project.

Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine On Leith, Wild Bill) was set to direct the biopic at one point, but he left the project in March 2014. A new director has yet to be announced.