Whishaw Frontrunner For Freddie Mercury Role
Ben Whishaw could swap Q for Queen by playing Freddie Mercury in a film about the singer's life.
The surviving Queen bandmates are hoping Whishaw will take on the role which was originally to be played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, until he pulled out after reported creative differences.
Various actors - including Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe - were tipped to take on the starring role.
But on Friday, Queen drummer Roger Taylor told Chris Evans and Alex Jones on the One Show on BBC1 that the actor they hoped would replace Baron Cohen has the initials BW.
When Jones suggested Whishaw's name, Taylor said: "Well, we hope so."
Whishaw is probably best known for his portrayal of Q in last year's James Bond film Skyfall.
His other film roles include Rolling Stones star Keith Richards in Stoned, musician Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, and poet John Keats in Bright Star.
The Mercury biopic is backed by Robert De Niro's production company Tribeca, which co-financed the stage musical We Will Rock You.
The film, with a script prepared by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan, is said to focus on the period leading up to the group's performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Mercury died in November 1991.