Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Moves Forward With First Glimpse Of Freddy Mercury Impersonator

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Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic titled after one of the band’s greatest hits, has seen its share of drama. One of the biggest sources of trouble for moving forward with the project was finding someone who could fill the iconic frontman’s shoes. The producers of the docudrama, which includes guitarist Brian May, have a very definite idea about the image they want to convey with their Freddy Mercury stand-in and, as the first set picture reveals, that ideal has come to fruition with Rami Malik.
Freddy Mercury Comes to Life for Bohemian Rhapsody
Even fans of Mr. Robot may have difficulty recognizing Rami Malik, when Bohemian Rhapsody does debut. The actor will be adopting Mercury’s persona in every way from his flamboyant wardrobes and wild on-stage antics to his larger than life personality. As proof, the birthday of the real Freddy Mercury was marked by the release of a first photo from the biopic, showing Malik in full wardrobe.
Due out on December 25, 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen’s initial founding in 1970 through their years of success and conflict, until Mercury passed away in 1991. The official cause of death was listed as flu-like complications due to having been HIV-positive. The biopic sets out to tell Freddy’s troubled personal story, as much as it gives fans a trip down memory lane with a Queen-centric soundtrack.
Rami Malik Reflects on Becoming Freddy Mercury
Mr. Malik says he didn’t really feel like Freddy until his first dress rehearsal, when he happened to get his first glimpse of himself in full costume. The wig really made a difference, says the actor, adding that seeing himself in wardrobe was a “very affirming moment” as Freddy Mercury.
Rami adds that his resemblance to the late Queen lead singer went a long way toward infusing him with the confidence needed to play the legendary musician. Mr. Malik also feels it will help audiences accept him as a competent stand-in for the beloved artist.
“Resembling the legendary musician, only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury,” says Rami Malik.
Bryan Singer (Legion, House) is directing Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as joining May as a producer of the biopic. Additionally, Gwilym Lee will play Brian May in the film, joined by Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Allen Leech as Paul Prenter, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.

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