It's official: after years of being stuck in the limbo of development, Queen’s Freddie Mercury biopic is officially entering the pre-production phase. "Mr Robot" star Rami Malek is confirmed to star as the band's iconic frontman in the film, which will be directed by Bryan Singer.
The news was announced on Queen’s official website, and it’s been revealed that the title, unsurprisingly, will be "Bohemian Rhapsody".
The band praised Sinfger's directorial skills in their announcement, writing:
this is a director with extraordinary imagination and style. 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 the film.
Of Malek they wrote:
Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.
While guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will serve as musical directors, exactly who will be cast to play their younger selves is yet to be revealed.
Talk of a Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic has been in the works for at least a decade; no release date is been announced just yet, but pre-production will commence as early as next week, with principal photography expected to start in London this September.
Queen are currently on a worldwide tour, with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert fronting the legendary group once again.