According to The Independent, Johnny Depp may portray Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic about the musician's life. The UK paper writes:
Robert de Niro's company, Tribeca Productions, is said to be behind the project, which Brian May, the Queen guitarist, confirmed was in development... May described Depp as "fantastic". "He would be a worthy counterpart for Freddie on screen..."
The proposed biopic would tell the life story of Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar in 1946 and died from complications of Aids in 1991, the day after confirming he had the disease.
Mercury's distinctive voice was a key factor in the band's hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody." To see just how influential this song has been,
"Bohemian Rhapsody" has enjoyed great popularity, becoming the Number 1 hit UK single in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles poll. But these honors pale in comparison to the performance below, by a popular "manualist" on YouTube. Though this action is sometimes called "hand farting," the manualist's version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is incredibly well-done, not to mention hilarious. Looks like Johnny Depp has some big shoes, er, hands, to fill.