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After 12 years of false starts, almosts, not quites and not just yets, Queen guitarist Brian May has announced that the long awaited Freddie Mercury biopic is a go, with an official announcement not far behind. The road to finally seeing Freddie Mercury’s colorful story played out on the silver screen has been a long one; last year saw Sacha Baron Cohen unceremoniously bounced from the project before it was announced that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek was officially tapped to take on what is quite literally the role of a lifetime, and despite having the film’s biggest role filled and approved by surviving Queen band members May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, there was still one major detail left to iron out: funding.
Now, May has revealed that with an official announcement pending, it’s looking as if the funding they need is right around the corner:
“It’s actually happening,” May revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“We’ve been 12 years on this trail, but I think we’re very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money. So yes, I think we’re very close.”
If all goes according to plan, this could potentially mean a release date announced by the end of the year and if we’re really, really lucky, maybe we’ll even see the film completed and ready to go within the next year. Only time will tell, so be sure to stay tuned to Society of Rock for updates as they become available!