Pop star Robbie Williams has been hand-picked by SIR Elton John to play Freddie Mercury in a TV series about the late Queen frontman's life.

Guitarist Brian May is enthusiastic about the plan, branding it "a great idea".

A pal of the former Take That hunk says, "Sir Elton reckons Robbie would be great. He has the same stage presence and personality as Freddie and there is an awful lot of Freddie in the way Robbie performs as well.

"Robbie is a showman who likes to be centre-stage and interact with the crowd. Freddie was the same."

21/09/2003 21:01