It has been over a decade since we first heard that there is a Freddie Mercury biopic in the works. Various actors were considered for the role of the legendary Queen frontman – back in 2008 it was even rumored that Johnny Depp might star – until the role was given to Sasha Baron Cohen.
Cohen wanted to delve deep into Mercury’s flamboyant rock star life and explore some of its darker, grittier aspects, while the surviving Queen members preferred to focus on Freddie’s talent and achievements. Eventually, the disagreements led to Cohen’s departure and the film’s development was put on hold. This continued until the autumn of last year when it was announced that Egyptian actor Rami Malek will fill in for Cohen.
Malek, who became well known after his appearance in the series “Mr. Robot,” seems like a sensible choice to portray the Zanzibari-born rock star. Furthermore, the actor has announced that he will be singing some of the songs himself. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting,” he told “Entertainment Weekly.”
Bohemian Rhapsody will cover the events from Queen’s creation in 1970 to the band’s legendary Live Aid performance in 1985. Freddie Mercury’s battle with AIDS will not be incorporated into the narrative, as the focus of the film will be on the band’s talent and successful collaboration. Nevertheless, Malek mentioned that the bleaker aspects of Freddie’s life “will be honored.”
The film is due for a 2018 release and we are very excited to find out more about it soon! We’ll keep you updated on any developments.