Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 'Is Finally Happening,' Band Confirms

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 16, 2017

Mercury died in 1991 after a battle with AIDS.

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The post on Queen Online continues: "Rami Malek has signed up to take on the challenging rôle of Freddie Mercury".

The film and its cast and crew have been confirmed for months, but Thursday marks the first time the band has chimed in in an official capacity.

The Queen biopic starring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is officially happening, the band announced Friday on its website. Queen - initially founded across the pond in 1970 - now consists of original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, with "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert joining the pair for tour dates.

Singer is best known for directing The Usual Suspects and almost the entire X-Men franchise.

However, nothing summarized the grandiose ethos of Queen more than "Bohemian Rhapsody", which began with Lambert on lead, followed by a cape-clad May popping out from below the stage, and ultimately, Mercury leading the chorus above them all.

Rami Malek
Rami Malek

"This is a director with extraordinary imagination and style", the statement read.

As for the few specifics of the film that are now available, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve in executive producer roles.

"He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see", May recently told Rolling Stone of Malek. "A flawless choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence (in) the film".

"Roger and Brian of course are serving as the film's executive music producers". The movie will begin pre-production next week in the United Kingdom, and shooting will begin in London in September.

The film is scheduled for release some time next year. Sacha Baron Caron was previously attached to star as Mercury, but dropped out due to creative differences.

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