Emmy Award Winner Rami Malek Will Play Freddie Mercury in Queen Movie!
No, Mr. Robot fans! This is not a drill!
It has been confirmed that Emmy Award winning actor Rami Malek will portray Queen’s Freddie Mercury in an upcoming film called Bohemian Rhapsody. The film has been on and off again in the works as it’s gone through lead actor and director changes.
The Mary Sue reports:
Bohemian Rhapsody, a project that’s been in the works for at least six years now, was originally intended to star actor Sacha Baron Cohen as the singer-songwriter before dropping out–at which point actor Ben Whishaw stepped in to assume the role of Mercury. Whishaw’s commitments to the James Bond franchise, however, forced him to withdraw too. Malek’s casting was confirmed via Deadline, and Bryan Singer has also announced he’ll be directing the film via his Instagram account.
It’s a significant role for Malek, who starred in several Night at the Museum movies and episodes of TV shows like Gilmore Girls, 24 and The Pacific before accepting the role of Elliot in Mr. Robot (for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series earlier this year). He also memorably portrayed the character of Josh in the horror game Until Dawn. As for Bohemian Rhapsody, no other actors have been cast for the movie, but the project is in development with several surviving band members of Queen consulting as music producers–and will likely begin shooting early next year.