Rami Malek Looks Spot-On As Freddie Mercury
20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films have released the first photo of star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Check it out in the gallery below (via EW).
The film, featuring X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer at the helm, chronicles the band’s formation in 1970 all the way until their performance at Live Aid in 1985. Malek revealed to the outlet that when it comes time for him to be singing in the feature film, they will utilize not only his own voice, but also recordings of Mercury and a sound alike to fill in the gaps.
Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t out until Christmas of 2018, but this is a damn exciting start. The photo comes to us from our friends at EW, who also confirm the film’s time frame as beginning in the early 1970s with the formation of Queen, and culminating at their Live Aid performance in 1985. That’s the performance pictured, by the way.
Here’s what director Bryan Singer has to say:
Singer, who last helmed 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, describes his approach to Bohemian Rhapsody as “not a traditional biopic” but rather a story honoring the music, an angle hinted at by the film’s limited time frame. “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored,” Singer says. “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Rami Said Malek is an Egyptian-American actor. He became known for the lead role of Elliot Alderson in the critically acclaimed USA Network television series Mr. Robot, for which he won a Critics’ Choice … Wikipedia
Born: May 12, 1981 (age 36), Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5′ 9″
Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Today would have been Freddie’s 71st birthday.
*The Mr. Robot star is preparing to play Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (out Dec. 25, 2018), the Bryan Singer-directed film that 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. Malek channels Mercury’s look from that global-concert event. Resembling the legendary musician, he says, “only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury.”*
*The other part of that equation is — of course — that voice.*
*Parts of the movie that feature singing will utilize either Malek’s own voice or recordings of Mercury, with a sound alike filling in the gaps.“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says.“I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”*
The first picture of Remi Malek as Queen’s Freddie Mercury