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The long awaited Freddy Mercury biopic has been floated around for years now. The film has undergone some crazy things, including the original star of the movie being kicked off, changing of directors, changing the film’s angle and a struggle to find a proper script.
But all of the struggles have been put to rest, because as of today, Queen announced it’s “finally happening.” The members of Queen helped resurrect the film from production hell, and revealed everything you need to know (so far) about the movie!
Brian May and Roger Taylor will both serve as executive producers on the film. This will guarantee that we will be seeing an accurate depiction and story of Freddie. May and Taylor have handed director duties to Bryan Singer. Bryan has directed movies like Valkyrie (2008), The Usual Suspects (1995), Superman Returns (2006) and the recent installment of the X-Men movies (2000, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018).
The lead role of Freddie Mercury will be played by Rami Malek. Originally, Borat star and British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was slated for the lead role, but he dropped out due to differences with Brian May. Rami is an up and coming star who appeared on TV shows like 24, and movies like Night at the Museum, Battleship and Need For Speed.
The film is in production under the title Bohemian Rhapsody. Obviously once production begins and the film moves along, this may change. However this title sounds pretty perfect to us.
Well, Sacha Baron Cohen wanted the angle of the film to be dark, and reveal a different side of Freddie people wouldn’t normally see. Brian May shot that idea down, which led to Cohen leaving the project. So, the angle will probably be light with some edgy side to it. May says that the band’s performance at Live Aid will be a “key turning point in the film.” We can also expect to see other iconic Queen moments throughout the film.
As of now, Bohemian Rhapsody has a 2018 release date, with the day and month to be determined later this year, or earlier next.