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Who Wants to Live Forever? Ben Whishaw May Play Queen's Legendary Freddie Mercury in New Film

It appears that The Hollow Crown star Ben Whishaw may be about to play a different sort of royalty – the rock music kind. Rumor has it that Whishaw, who recently starred as Q in Bond film Skyfall, among other assorted and varied roles, is the frontrunner to play legendary Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a biopic about his often tumultuous, and ultimately tragic, life.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who is currently doing British press for his new solo album, revealed this news after being asked about the status of the project on BBC evening chat program The One Show. Taylor has been overseeing the Mercury biopic project for several years with bandmate Brian May and apparently the pair have been rather hard to impress when it comes to casting. But, when asked who he hoped might take on the role, Taylor revealed that the actor the band was most hoping to snag had the initials B and W. When pressed whether he meant Whishaw, Taylor replied “Well, we hope so.”

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‘Luther’s’ Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Just because we’ve seen the last of crime drama Luther (at least on the small screen) doesn’t mean we won’t still be seeing a lot more of its star. Idris Elba, who, along with Luther, is also fairly well known among US audiences for his role as drug dealer Stringer Bell in The Wire, will be taking on the role of inspirational civil rights leader Nelson Mandela in a biopic to be released at the end of November.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is based on Mandela’s own bestselling 1994 biography of the same name. It chronicles his life from his childhood in a rural village, to his political awakening, to his subsequent 27-year imprisonment for his involvement in anti-apartheid protests and his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

To say that this is an inspiring story of an extraordinary man, is, well, possibly, a bit of an understatement.

Watch the trailer below and marvel at how great Elba’s performance looks in just two minutes worth of footage.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Short Film ‘Little Favour’ to Get Worldwide iTunes release

It’s a day that ends in “y”, so it’s probably time to watch a preview for a new Benedict Cumberbatch project of some type. This is in no way a complaint, mind you. At all. We can do this everyday; it’s cool.

The Sherlock star’s latest is a new independent short film project, an action thriller entitled Little Favour. The film was made by production company SunnyMarch – a collaboration founded by Cumberbatch himself, along with friends Adam Ackland and Ben Dillon – and made headlines earlier this year by way of its super successful Indigogo public fundraising campaign. We’re talking £85,000 worth of successful, just so you know.

A brief teaser trailer was released a few weeks ago, and now a proper trailer has finally arrived, which you can watch below. (Spoiler: It looks amazing.) Best news of all, however, is probably the announcement that Cumberbatch fans around the world won’t have to struggle with how to see the film for themselves – a frequent problem in a global media marketplace.

Telly Visions Goes to the Movies: ‘The Fifth Estate’

Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate has had plenty of buzz behind it ever since Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was announced as director Bill Condon’s choice to play the infamous Julian Assange, founder of the controversial website, which was ostensibly meant to hold governments accountable for their actions by providing the public with access to confidential intelligence documents. As many of you probably already know, the story of Wikileaks goes well beyond that – and the real Assange remains a polarizing figure today for a variety of reasons.

Much like public opinion on its subject matter, film goers are likely to be similarly divided on how they feel about The Fifth Estate as a movie. There’s much to recommend it, but don’t be surprised if it leaves you strangely cold.

'Sherlock’s' Louise Brealey in New Indie Film ‘Delicious’

Sherlock co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are both so busy with other projects outside of 221b Baker Street that it seems we’re constantly hearing that one or the other of them has signed on for something new. (The latest: Cumberbatch will play a British explorer and Freeman’s and Freeman’s going to Fargo.) But, the tremendous success of the show’s leads often means that the stellar work of the rest of the cast doesn’t always get its due recognition.

Take, for example: Louise Brealey. She plays the adorable (adorkable?) Molly Hooper on Sherlock, is also a playwright (!) and seems the most lovely lady imaginable on Twitter. She’s also got a new movie coming out, which you probably haven’t heard of yet – but that looks thoroughly charming. Get the details below.

Meet Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug in New Trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ Sequel

The second installment in director Peter Jackson’s massive The Hobbit trilogy, subtitled The Desolation of Smaug, is due to hit theaters this December and fans everywhere have been beside themselves with excitement – well, since basically last December when An Unexpected Journey premiered – to see Tolkien’s story famous continue.

And also most of them (you? us? everyone?) are sort of (really) looking forward to seeing finally that titular dragon that our hero Bilbo Baggins has to face off with. Luckily, you get a little bit of your wish today.

Watch the newest trailer for the film below.

First Look: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lily James in Live Action ‘Cinderella’

Disney has begun production on its live-action adaptation of classic fairytale Cinderella. Principal photography is underway in London and as a tease for fans the studio has released its first promotional image featuring star Lily James.

You probably recognize James as wild child cousin Rose from Downton Abbey, but the actress has swapped her Scottish estate and penchant for jazz clubs for a starring role featuring glass slippers and a charming prince this time around.

Get a first look at her Cinderella below.

WATCH: New 'Great Expectations' Trailer Featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes

Director Mike Newell’s feature film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations was originally supposed to be released last year – shortly after the premiere of the BBC series that starred Gillian Anderson – but has languished on the proverbial shelf for the better part of 2013. However, a film with this much talent involved (both in front of and behind the camera) was always going to see the light of day, we just had to wait a while apparently. It’s finally scheduled to hit theaters beginning November 8, and a full trailer has been released.

This particular adaptation – as all Dickens stories tend to be – is exceptionally British-ed up, featuring a ton of recognizable faces, including heavy hitters Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Other Brit stars include War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine, The Borgias’ Holliday Granger, Harry Potter’s Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams, William Ellis, Jason Flemyng and more.

Let’s be real, this movie will be worth the price of admission for the Bonham Carter swanning around in Miss Havisham’s tattered wedding dress scenes alone. This is the sort of role that seems right up her alley.

Watch the trailer – which is both creepy and lovely to look at – for yourself below.

WATCH: Teaser Trailer for New Benedict Cumberbatch Short Film ‘Little Favour’

Because Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has seemingly been involved in literally every other kind of production this year (not that we’re complaining, mind), it should come as no surprise that he’s also got a new short film project on the horizon.

Called Little Favour, the independent action thriller pairs Cumberbatch with Harry Potter’s Nick Moran and Arrow’s Colin Salmon. It follows the story of Wallace (played by Cumberbatch), when is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong.

Watch the first teaser trailer for yourself below.

Filming Begins on Alan Turing Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’; Full Cast List Revealed

Filming officially kicked off this week on highly anticipated indie drama The Imitation Game, a drama that’s set to tell the story of British mathematician, cryptographer and all-around genius Alan Turing, who is credited with cracking the German enigma code during World War II. Sadly, however, despite his heroic efforts on behalf of his nation, Turing was prosecuted by the government for his homosexuality, underwent chemical castration as punishment and eventually committed suicide. It’s a terribly sad – and terribly moving – story that seems primed to be turned into an extremely compelling film.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Turing, while Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley is set to star opposite him as Joan Clarke, Turing’s close friend and fellow codebreaker, with whom he had a complicated and lifelong friendship.

As for the rest of the cast, while we already knew that Downton Abbey star Allen Leech was set to take part – playing a Scottish spy – most of the other major roles had yet to be announced. With the official start of production, the full cast list for the film has been released – and it’s absolutely jam packed with British talent of all stripes.

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