Johnny Depp is in
talks to star as Freddie Mercury in a film being
developed by Robert de Niro's Tribeca Productions, according
to The [London] Independent.
Brian May confirmed on his Web site that "discussions
are at an early stage."
The film would
cover the life of Mercury, the former Queen front man, who
was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar. Mercury wrote many of
the band's hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," which
was voted Britain's best single of all time, beating
out John Lennon's "Imagine." He was known for his
distinctive voice and wide vocal range.
Mercury died at
age 45 in 1991 of AIDS complications, one day after
announcing he had the disease. (The Advocate)