The first photo of Rami Malek as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for Bryan Singer’s upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
After spending years in development hell, the project is finally moving forward with Mr. Robot star Malek in the lead role alongside Gwilym Lee (The Tourist) as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park) as bassist John Deacon.
Malek certainly looks magnificooo to the point where he told Entertainment Weekly that he was taken aback by seeing himself as the iconic singer in hair and makeup for the first time.
The picture depicts Queen’s legendary Live Aid performance in London 1985. The film will reportedly span 15 years in the life of Mercury and his bandmates, from 1970 to the Live Aid concert. Mercury died of complications from AIDS six years later at the age of 45.
The actor says part of Bohemian Rhapsody will use his own voice and recordings of Mercury, as well as fill-in soundalikes, noting “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible.”
Also talking with EW, Singer noted that the film isn’t so much a traditional biopic as it is a film honoring Mercury and Queen’s music. He says:“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Bohemian Rhapsody is due to arrive in cinemas on December 25, 2018.