After a long career in the business as an actor, Dexter Fletcher has apparentlyfreddie-mercury taken the Ben Affleck elixir and become just as powerful behind the camera as a director. With crowd-pleasing hits like Wild Bill and this year’s Sunshine on Leith under his belt, he has now nabbed himself one of the industry’s hottest gigs for a long while.

Fletcher will direct the forthcoming biopic of Freddie Mercury, which will star Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as the lead singer of Queen and will be written by Peter Morgan (The Queen), for GK Films and distributor Sony. The biopic would cover the band’s early years leading the way to their Live Aid performance in 1985, and contrary to past observation won’t be about Mercury’s untimely death due to AIDS complications in 1991.

The film has been in development for some time, with original star Sacha Baron Cohen recently dropping out after creative differences with the surviving Queen members. However, word is that Fletcher has already been meeting with the band to get a feel of what the film will be like, and is aiming for a production start next year.

Anyone who managed to see Fletcher’s upbeat musical Sunshine on Leith, which featured the songs of The Proclaimers in dramatic situations, will know that Fletcher can certainly direct a film where music is core to the storytelling. Keeping in mind that Queen is the band with hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” among many others, this new biopic shall definitely be up Fletcher’s alley. Here’s hoping he puts his all into it just like he has done before…