It has been revealed the Queen singer/ songwriter Sir Freddie Mercury will be honoured in the UK with a commemorative Blue Plaque at the singer’s former West London home in Feltham.
The Queen singer is among the new list of celebrities and famous cultural icons set to be awarded this year with the Blue Plaque.
In a post from The Guardian newspaper, the superstar, who tragically died from AIDS in 1991, will join a list of new inductees including actress Ava Gardner, Irish Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett, and ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn that will get plaques this year.
As it stands, more than 900 plaques have been hung throughout the UK so far in the 150-year tradition. The scheme was initially started by London County Council and was eventually taken over by English Heritage. An app is being developed in time for a special anniversary weekend, held on the 7th–8th of May, which will guide people to the famous homes of people like Mary Shelley, Ian Fleming, Mozart and many more.
In related Freddie Mercury news, the long-planned biopic of the late singer looks to be back on track. Actor Ben Whishaw is in contention to portray the late Queen frontman with filming set to start sometime in June 2016.
The film has been in the works for over five years, with Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen originally playing the role of the Queen singer. Cohen apparently dropped out of the project in July 2013 due to “creative differences” with Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor both of who are executive producers on the film.