Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch is being considered to play David Bowie in the film about Freddie Mercury’s life, Under Pressure. Leaked Sony emails made public by WikiLeaks last week suggest that he’s a contender for the role — and that he’s definitely up for it.
We reckon BC would be perfect as the super glam music icon. Not only is he a damn fine actor (best known for his impressive performances in Sherlock and The Imitation Game), he and Bowie appear to have a bit of a bromance going on.
Cumberbatch told British Airways High Life magazine last year that Bowie was the character he most wanted to play. He also told The Sunday Times: “I found out David Bowie likes [Sherlock] today. He’s obsessed with it. That is f***ing cool.”
The emails (part of another batch of thousands of confidential documents stolen from the Sony computer network last year) form correspondence between former Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal and producer Graham King. Pascal reveals that Cumberbatch (or cum batch, as she amusingly refers to him) “wants to play Bowie” and urges King to include a scene in the film showing Bowie perform with Mercury.
“We have to have that scene…,” Pascal wrote. “Just a musical moment for Under Pressure…” “Just had lunch with him [Cumberbatch],” King responds, “Open to it. Let’s discuss after you’ve read. I hear getting [an executive] to agree will be a nightmare, but the band could help.”
Under Pressure has been a stop-start project for years and it looks like we’ll have to be patient for a little longer. The only recent update was that Sacha Baron Cohen had not signed on to write, produce, direct, and star in the film (an announcement to the contrary was simply a “small joke,” explained Queen’s Brian May) and reports that James Bond star Ben Whishaw is to play Mercury remain unconfirmed.