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Rami Malek of ‘Mr. Robot’ signs on to play Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic

The film has been in development for eight years.


April Siese


Posted on Nov 5, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 3:46 pm CDT

Big news for Queen fans: the long-awaited band biopic, tentatively titled Bohemian Rhapsody, has found its lead actor. Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek is set to play frontman Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming film. 

According to Deadline, the movie, which has spent eight years in developmental purgatory, is finally being rushed through to production, care of 20th Century Fox and New Regency along with producer Graham King and GK Films.

It’s unclear when, exactly, the film will begin shooting. A date has yet to be set on its release. Though preliminary details still appear to be ironing themselves out, fans are hopeful for a chance to see the legacy and luster of Queen on the big screen.

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*First Published: Nov 5, 2016, 6:05 pm CDT