Rami Malek has transformed into the iconic symbol of rock, Freddie Mercury, on what would have been the Queen frontman’s 71st birthday. The remarkable first look photo released by EW made its way online nearly a week after the star took to Twitter to discuss his excitement about the transformation.
I just had my make up, hair and costume tests as #FreddieMercury and it was overwhelmingly cool and truly unforgettable. Pics coming soon.
— Rami Malek (@ItsRamiMalek) August 31, 2017
Renowned for his versatile performances, flamboyant stage persona, and high vocal range, Freddie Mercury was a game changer for the rock genre. The singer rose to fame fusing hard rock and glam rock to create the well known Queen style that changed the world of music forever.
Now, 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films, are bringing his story to life with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Director Bryan Singer, who is best known for helming the X-Men franchise as well as producing the television series House, described the film as a non-tradition biopic. The film will chronicle the band’s formation in 1970 as well as their Live Aid performance in 1985, and will honor the music, as well as the time frame. “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored,” Singer says to EW.“It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Two-time Golden Globe nominated actor Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, Short Term 12) will bring the iconic frontman to life in both voice and performance. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says.“I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
The biopic hails from a screenplay by Justin Haythe (A Cure for Wellness) and Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything). In addition to Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody stars Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Social Network), Ben Hardy (EastEnders), Gwilym Lee (Jamestown), and Allen Leech (The Imitation Game).
Bohemian Rhapsody will arrive in theaters December 2018.