Rami Malek to play Freddie Mercury

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 November 2016
Rami Malek

Rami Malek

The long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic will see Rami Malek take the lead role, with Bryan Singer at the helm

Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in a long-awaited biopic.

The 'Mr. Robot' actor is attached to portray the late Queen frontman in 'Bohemian Rhapsody', while Bryan Singer has confirmed he is to direct the film.

The 'X-Men' director confirmed the news on Instagram, sharing a photo of the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' single art work and wrote: " "Looking forward to @ramimalek playing #freddie.(sic)"

GK films, New Regency and Fox are teaming up for the biopic, while 'The Theory of Everything' screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, has written the script.

Sacha Baron Cohen was previously cast at Freddie - who died of AIDS in 1991 - but left after six years of the project being in development due to "creative differences".

And earlier this year, the 'Borat' star claimed he quit because the surviving members of Queen wanted the movie to show how the band went from "strength to strength" following the singer's death.

He said: "[Following] my first meeting, I should never have carried on because a member of the band --I won't say who-- said 'This is such a great movie, because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie.'

"I go 'What happens in the middle of the movie?' He goes 'Freddie dies'. I go, 'So you mean it's a bit like 'Pulp Fiction', where the end is the middle and the middle is the end? That's interesting'. He goes, 'No, no, no.'

"So I said 'Wait a minute. What happens in the second half of the movie?' And he said, 'Well, we see how the band carries on from strength to strength'."

"And I said, 'Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you carry on to see [what happens with Queen]".

Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
  • UK release: 24 October 2018

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

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