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After years of planning, months of waiting, and weeks of hints at what’s to come, the moment is finally here. Rami Malek, star of the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, made his big debut yesterday as Freddie Mercury in a photo released by Entertainment Weekly and y’all…we’re a little shaken. Shaken, but fiercely impressed.
Dressed in a white tank top, white jeans and sporting Mercury’s trademark mustache, Malek isn’t just a man in a Freddie Mercury costume – he is Freddie Mercury, capturing the legend’s essence in a single photo that feels like we’re looking at a ghost, the mark of an actor wisely chosen and who takes his craft as seriously as Freddie took his.
#RamiMalek is #FreddieMercury in this exclusive first look at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’👌🏻The Bryan Singer-directed film (out Dec. 25, 2018) chronicles #Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS. Click the link in our bio for more. 📷: Nick Delaney/Fox
Even more auspicious is the fact that the first look at Malek as Mercury was released yesterday to coincide with what would have been the late legend’s 71st birthday, though as of the time of this writing the photo has not yet appeared on Queen’s social media accounts. If you’re worried that the resemblance stops at the photo, don’t; the film will utilize either Malek’s own voice or Mercury’s studio recordings, something that the 36-year-old actor is preparing for intensely at Abbey Road Studios.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”