After years of delays thanks to significant casting shakeups and creative differences, the Queen biopic is finally going to see the light of day — and one of the biggest TV stars out there will bring Freddie Mercury to life on the big screen.
Rami Malek — who just took home an Emmy at the 2016 awards for his leading performance as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot — has signed on to play the late Queen frontman in Bohemian Rhapsody. Bryan Singer — best known for his work on a number of Marvel blockbusters, notably X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse — will direct, and he's the one who broke the news of Malek's casting and his own involvement with an Instagram post on November 4.
If you kind of sort of remember hearing about a Queen movie featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury, that was, indeed, the beginnings of Bohemian Rhapsody. As Variety reports, Bohemian Rhapsody's producer, Graham King, has been working with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, attached to the project as music producers, for years. They initially were making the film with Sony and Cohen as the lead, but Cohen dropped out of the movie citing creative differences, and King brought the picture to a different studio as he kept an eye out for both a director and a lead.
With Singer and Malek, it appears that King found both, and that 20th Century Fox will be the studio that finally makes Bohemian Rhapsody more than just fantasy for Queen fans.