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Queen biopic nearly in production – finally

By | Published on Tuesday 18 July 2017


The long mooted Queen biopic – now titled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – is finally about to go into production, according to the band’s website.

The site also confirms previous reports that Bryan Singer of ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘X-Men’ movie fame will direct, while Rami Malek, star of US TV series ‘Mr Robot’, will play Freddie Mercury.

As previously reported, Sacha Baron Cohen was originally set to play the Queen frontman in the film, but parted ways with the production way back in 2013. Ben Whishaw was later lined up for the role, but also pulled out, as did director Dexter Fletcher.

Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who are exec music producers on the film, said of the casting of Malek in the title role: “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful”.

Queen Online says it can “confirm that the film is now ‘as-close-as-that’ to start of shooting. Pre-production begins next week in the UK to prepare for start of principal photography in around London as soon as mid-September”.