It’s only in the last few days that we’ve learned who would be starring alongside Rami Malek in the planned biopic of the rock band Queen, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, and now we’ve got our first look at Malek as Freddie Mercury in the movie (click on the image above for a larger version). And it has to be said, the Mr. Robot star is a far better fit for the music legend than some said he might be.
The image debuted over at EW, who also confirm that ‘the Bryan Singer-directed film…chronicles Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS.’
That time frame is partly because of a desire to honour the music (the other members of Queen are involved in the film, and probably didn’t want it to become just about Freddie and his untimely death). Singer 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.” He also adds that it won’t be a “traditional biopic”.
As for the music, it will apparently be a blend of Malek’s own vocals and those of the real Mercury. The actors says, “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, which also stars Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazello as John Deacon and Gwilym Lee as Brian May, is set for a Christmas 2018 release.