First look – Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Queen film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Photo: Entertainment Weekly.

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.

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Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.