The show must go on — and for the band Queen, it will, in the form of a Rami Malek-led biopic.
The iconic ’80s rock outfit known for hits like “We Are the Champions” and “Somebody to Love” confirmed Friday that a biopic titled “Bohemian Rhapsody” is officially beginning production with director Bryan Singer at the helm and “Mr. Robot” star Malek set to tackle the legendary Freddie Mercury and his equally legendary mustache.
The film and its cast and crew have been confirmed for months, but Thursday marks the first time the band has chimed in in an official capacity. Queen — initially founded across the pond in 1970 — currently consists of original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, with “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert joining the pair for tour dates.
The band’s statement praised Singer, an Emmy-nominated director and producer with hits like “X-Men” and “The Usual Suspects” under his belt.
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“This is a director with extraordinary imagination and style,” the statement read. “A perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence (in) the film.”
Malek — who won an Emmy in 2016 for “Mr. Robot” — also received a rousing endorsement.
“Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project,” May and Taylor said. “He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”
Malek told Entertainment Tonight in January that he plans on singing in the role.
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“I will sing a little bit,” he said. “Why not?”
May and Taylor are set to serve as the film’s executive music producers. The movie will begin pre-production next week in the U.K., and shooting will begin in London in September.
The official announcement that the film is off and running is years in the making for the long-stalled project originally announced nearly eight years ago. Sacha Baron Caron was previously attached to star as Mercury, but dropped out over creative differences.
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