Aaron McCusker (‘Fortitude,’ ‘Shameless’) has been cast in the role of Freddie Mercury’s Irish partner Jim Hutton in Bryan Singer’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Deadline has learned.
Hutton, who also worked as a hairdresser for the Queen frontman, lived with Mercury for the last six years of the singer’s life and was by his side when he passed away on November 24, 1991.
In the years after Mercury’s death, Hutton moved back to his hometown of Carlow. He died on New Year’s Day, 2010, after a battle with cancer.
Joining as Mercury, is Ben Hardy (‘X-Men Apocalypse’) as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee (‘The Tourist)’ as guitarist Brian May and Joe Mazzello (‘Jurassic Park’) as bassist John Deacon.
Starring Rami Malek as Mercury, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ focuses on Queen’s formative years; leading up to the British rock band’s heralded appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Ben Hardy (‘X-Men Apocalypse’), Gwilym Lee (‘The Tourist)’ and Joe Mazzello (‘Jurassic Park’) also star.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is pencilled in for a December 2018 release.