Rami Malek of Mr. Robot has been cast as the iconic rock god Freddie Mercury. The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is currently in early stages of production.
The news was announced via Instagram by Bryan Singer, who is in talks to direct. Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter of “The Theory of Everything”, has penned the script.
Sasha Baron Cohen was originally set to star as the icon when the film was with Sony but dropped out shortly after due to “creative differences” with the band. Brian May, the legendary guitarist of Queen, has stated that he disagreed with Cohen’s telling of events.
“Why would he go away and say that we didn’t want to make a gritty film? Are we the kind of people who have ever ducked from the truth? I don’t think so.”
The remaining members of Queen have been involved with the project for almost a decade. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 and left a long-running icon history. Fronting Queen from the 80’s to his death, his legacy has not been forgotten. Fans will surely be keeping a close eye on this project, but we couldn’t be any more excited to see this come to life.
Filming is set to begin early 2017.
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