Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about Queen, frontman Freddie Mercury is finally taking shape with the first look at Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as the singer.
The film has come a long way considering how the film has been under development hell at one point with Sacha Baron-Cohen attached to star, but later dropped out after disagreements with the band.
There’s a lot of Mercury’s mannerisms, voice and presence that makes the role such a daunting task, but Malek spoke to Entertainment Weekly about taking up the challenge.
“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror,” Malek says, recalling his first time in hair and makeup, “it’s a very affirming moment.”
Directed by Bryan Singer, the film, which shares the title of one of Queen’s biggest hits, chronicles the band of Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon from 1970 until their performance at Live Aid in 1985. Mercury passed in 1991 from complications from AIDS.
Malek’s look reflects on the Live Aid performance.
“[It] only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury.”
Parts of the movie will feature a mix of Malek’s voice, the recordings of Mercury, with a soundalike filling in the gaps.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Singer mentioned that his approach to the film is not going to be a traditional biopic, but rather a story that will honor the musician angle hinted at by the film’s limited time frame.
“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Bohemian Rhapsody comes to theaters December 25, 2018.