If Freddie Mercury was still alive, he would’ve celebrated his 71st birthday on September 5. What better day than today to get the first look at Rami Malek as the iconic Queen frontman in the upcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
“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.” – director Bryan Singer
The Bryan Singer-directed film chronicles Queen from 1970 to the rock band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. That’s roughly six years before Mercury died of complications from AIDS. The first photo of the Mr. Robot actor as Mercury features him from that global concert event.
Curious to know if Rami’s singing vocals will be used in the film? He revealed, “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.” Get your first look from the film below courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Ben Hardy will play drummer Roger Taylor, while Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee tackle the roles of bass guitarist John Deacon and lead guitarist Brian May respectively. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor still perform as Queen today, with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists.
For more, head over to EW.com.