December 10, 2013 05:54:41 GMT
The 'Skyfall' actor is tapped to play Queen's late lead singer, while the 'Conan the Barbarian' star is circling an unspecified role for the Superman vs. Batman film.
Ben Whishaw is officially cast to play Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury in upcoming biopic, Deadline reports. Interest to court the "Skyfall" actor to play the late rocker was previously revealed by the band's member Roger Taylor in a radio interview.
In another casting news, Jason Momoa is eyed for "Man of Steel 2". According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "Conan the Barbarian" actor is in negotiation to join Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film.
Dexter Fletcher ("Wild Bill") will direct the untitled Freddie Mercury biopic with a script penned by Peter Morgan ("Rush"). It was initially set for Sacha Baron Cohen's starring vehicle, but the "Borat" actor dropped out of the project.
The "Man of Steel" sequel, meanwhile, is directed by Zack Snyder who helmed the first film. Cavill reprises his role as the titular hero in the follow-up film, Affleck is tapped as the Dark Knight, and Gal Gadot is confirmed to take on the role of Wonder Woman.
Whishaw, 33, was last seen in "Cloud Atlas" and will next appear in "Lilting", "The Zero Theorem" and "Days and Nights" among others. Momoa, 34, is perhaps known for his role as Khal Drogo on HBO's medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones". He was recently seen in "Bullet to the Head".