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Rami Malek of ‘Mr. Robot’ Will Play Freddie Mercury in Biopic

Hulton Archive / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Hulton Archive / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

It looks as if the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic is back on again. It’s being reported that Emmy winner Rami Malek will be playing the legendary Queen frontman.

The news comes courtesy of the Guardian, who also reveal that the film will be called Bohemian Rhapsody and Bryan Singer, best known for X-Men: Apocalypse and The Usual Suspects, will direct. Singer confirmed this with a post on Instagram.

The 35-year-old Malek, a native of Los Angeles, won an Emmy this year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of hacker Elliot Alderson on the highly acclaimed USA Network series Mr. Robot. He’s also had recurring roles on 24, The Pacific and has been in all three films in the Night at the Museum series as King Akhmenrah.

Bohemian Rhapsody has already had a long and troubled history. In 2013, Sacha Baron Cohen had signed on to star, but he left after clashing with Brian May and Roger Taylor over the creative direction of the film. Cohen later revealed that he wanted a more accurate portrayals of Freddie’s drug use and homosexuality, while the former members wanted Mercury’s 1991 death to happen midway through the film, so audiences could see the band triumphantly carrying on in his absence. Prior to Malek’s hiring, they had been linked with Ben Whishaw, who has been playing Q in the James Bond franchise since 2012.

A year after Cohen quit, they had hired Dexter Fletcher to direct. However, he left after only a few weeks, also citing “creative differences.”

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