06 September 2017

On the heels of what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 71st birthday, comes big news about his much-awaited biopic. From the casting of Sacha Baron Cohen to his departure from the project over creative differences, the film hasn’t inspired much confidence in fans. According to Cohen, the band was more interested in protecting their legacy as a band and showing how they carried on “from strength to strength,” after Freddie dies mid-way through the movie. Brian May on the other hand called him an “arse” who was “spreading untruths.


The tide finally seemed to turn when Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) was cast as the lead and if the first look is anything to go by, he might very well do justice to the Queen frontman after all.



His resemblance to Mercury “only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury,” said Malek. On the incredibly challenging four-octave singing side of the role, the movie will feature a combination of voices from Mercury, Malek, and a “sound-alike filling in the gaps”. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” said Malek, “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now, if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”




Directed by Bryan Singer, the film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, will follow the journey of Mercury after he formed Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970 up until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. It is scheduled to release on 25 December 2018. In reference to the portrayal of Freddie’s battle with AIDS, Singer said, “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”