Vulture prompted the young British star to discuss his varied roles in the film after mentioning his co-star, Aussie Hugo Weaving, was to play six roles.
Whishaw reveals, “Everyone in the cast is playing at least three parts, some big and some small. Everybody’s swapping race and gender, so it’s very ambitious and quite fun. I’ll really love playing a woman!”
Whishaw will tackle Frobisher in the thirties as well as an American woman in the seventies and finally a small role, which he describes as basically an extra, in a modern day nursing home.
The film – based on David Mitchell’s sprawling novel of the same name, and set to be directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski – also stars Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess and Jim Broadbent.