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Queen Movie Moves Forward With Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Bryan Singer to Direct

The film is titled “Bohemian Rhapsody" and is expected to begin shooting early next year.

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Hot off his Best Actor Emmy win for his role in “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek has lined up his next project. Per Deadline, the actor will be portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with Bryan Singer set to direct.

Written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”), the movie will focus on the band and its iconic lead singer.

The film has been in development at 20th Century Fox and New Regency for about eight years, and is now on fast track to be made with original producer Graham King and his GK Films banner. King and Jim Beach will produce, with Denis O’Sullivan as executive producer. Original Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve as music producers. The project is expected to begin shooting early next year.

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Singer also confirmed the news on Instagram, posting an image of Queen and writing, “Looking forward to Rami Malek playing Freddie.”

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Malek, whose previous credits include the “Night at the Museum” series and “Need For Speed,” recently starred in the TIFF drama “Buster’s Mal Heart.” He will next be seen opposite Charlie Hunnam in the crime drama “Papillion” and the third season of “Mr. Robot.”

Singer’s last picture was “X-Men: Apocalypse” and is currently in pre-production for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” 

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So it’s fine from Sasha Baron Cohen, to Ben Whishaw, to Rami? I’m a huge fan and looking forward to it in any case, but there seem to have been a lot of changes so far. And while Eddie Redmayne’a performance inThe Theor of Evwrything was absolutely phenomenal, I thought the script was shit. Not sure I’m living the choice of writer, but can’t wait to see Freddy live again, esp while Brian May & the others are still alive to relive the glory. Wishing the team best of luck with the project.

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