Entertainment Weekly has the first photo of Emmy-winning “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek as iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the upcoming film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The photo was released today, which would have been Mercury’s 71st birthday.
The Bryan Singer-directed film will be released December 25, 2018.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows Queen from 1970 when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor to the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. Mercury died six years later from AIDS complications. He was 45.
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May and Taylor are the film’s music producers.
Singing parts in the film will use either Malek’s voice or Mercury recordings with a sound alike filling in the gaps.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek tells the magazine.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
With songs like “Another Bites the Dust,” “We Are the Champions,” “Best Friend,” We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” among others, the chart-topping arena rock band has sold between 150 and 300 million records, making Queen one of world’s best selling artists.
Queen was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.