Shameless star Aaron McCusker has officially been cast to play Freddie Mercury’s boyfriend, Jim Hutton, in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bryan Singer’s Queen biopic has recently begun filming, and is moving along quickly, is this casting news is anything to go by.

Jim Hutton was a huge part of Freddie Mercury’s final six years, as the singer’s hairdresser and boyfriend, he took care of the late front man when AIDS complications left him in declining health. Hutton was at Mercury’s side when he died, where the singer wore a wedding ring that Hutton had given him.

Though Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody is set to end in 1985 – six years before Mercury’s death – the story might well include the beginning of the hairdresser and front man’s relationship that would develop so deeply in later years, and delve a little deeper into the man who would become Mercury’s rock in his final years.

Mercury would distance himself from Hutton in public, and while he never publicly came out as gay, the singer was openly gay around friends, and he and Hutton were involved in a long-term romance that friends and family knew about. Jim Hutton recalled that Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, and from there rumours were rampant that he had contracted AIDS, though Mercury denied the allegations – he would not publicly reveal his condition until November 1991, just 24 hours before he died.

It was during this time that Hutton would take care of Mercury and Queen would begin to tour less and less and the singer’s condition worsened. Rami Malek, who’s playing the late singer, will not play him in his later years, as the movie will end at the 1985 Live Aid concert that Queen guitarist Brian May called, “The best day of our lives.”

Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release December 25th, 2018.

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