2016: The Year in Charts

Freddie Mercury Biopic to Start Shooting in 2016: Report

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Freddie Mercury of Queen live at Wembley Stadium in 1986.

The long-delayed Freddie Mercury biopic is scheduled to start shooting in the summer of 2016 pending a full rewrite from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Theory of Everything), according to a report from The Tracking Board.

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The news comes two years after Sacha Baron-Cohen, who had been on board to play the legendary Queen frontman, left the project citing "creative differences." Since then, the project had been assumed by many to be shelved (including Brian May, who joked about the movie not happening earlier this year).

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Now, with McCarten replacing original writer Peter Morgan, Spectre's Ben Whishaw a rumored successor to the leading role, and Johnny Flynn and Gemma Arterton on board as Roger Taylor and Mary Austin, the project appears to be revived.