Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently revealed that the band is aiming to hire "Skyfall" actor Ben Whishaw as the star of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. Taylor dropped the announcement during "The One Show" appearance, saying that the band is looking at someone with initials BW. As NME reports, the host then suggested Whishaw's name, just to have the drummer reply: "Well, we hope so." Meanwhile, guitarist Brian May gave a thorough explanation on why the group decided to fire Sacha Baron Cohen who was initially named as the film's starring actor. In May's words, the decision had nothing to do with Cohen's acting skills, but the fact that his appearance is in a way too recognizable and distracting for the given role. "It's quite difficult to talk about, because we owe Sacha a lot," the guitarist told Classic Rock, "He had so much enthusiasm for the project and it really helped us kick it into the start position. But in the end we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting." He explained further, "What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he's made – 'The Dictator,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Hugo' – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they're very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn't that could really happen with Sacha." May added that the band is still in good terms with the actor, criticizing some of the recent sensationalist headlines in the media. "That's not any criticism of his talent whatsoever, it's just a feeling that it was not going to work - that the pieces didn't fit together anymore," he said. "But we parted company on very good terms.
"It's a shame that there were these sensationalist stories about him walking out," May concluded. "None of that was true. So we're in a very good place with the movie, and we remain friends with Sacha and hopefully there will be another project that we will work on together in the future."