Fingers crossed, chaps. After eight years of more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing, the Queen biopic might finally be about to happen.
Deadline reports that the film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody after the band’s most famous song, has recently been fast-tracked, with X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Bryan Singer in talks to direct it.
And that’s not all: Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are still on board as music producers, while a new script has been written by Anthony McCarten, best known for his BAFTA Award-winning screenplay for The Theory of Everything.
So things are looking good for a project that’s suffered from creative differences and infighting. But the question remains: Who’s got the magnetism and sheer nerve to play the band’s charismatic frontman Freddie Mercury?
First in the running was Sacha Baron Cohen, but when that didn’t work out, it was reported that Ben Whishaw had been chosen with Dexter Fletcher directing. Eventually that fell through too, and we started to wonder if the biopic would ever see the light of day.
According to Deadline, though, the latest actor to sign on to play frontman Freddie Mercury is Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, and the internet, for one, is excited:
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) November 4, 2016
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is pretty genius casting, I have to admit…
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) November 4, 2016
Even Singer, whose involvement is not yet confirmed, couldn’t help but show his excitement:
Can you see it?
It’s the latest role in a career that’s recently gone from strength to strength, culminating in Rami winning best lead actor in drama at the Emmys in September, beating the likes of Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).
There’s no word yet on when we should expect the biopic, but it’s scheduled to begin shooting early in 2017.
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