Get to re-live the magic created by Freddie Mercury and friends during the modern golden era of music. A new biopic on former British band Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody is reportedly in the works. Rami Malek, the star of hit series Mr. Robot was earlier already roped in to play the role of the star frontman. Now, the remaining band members have been selected, and it’s looking good!
Gwilym Lee from The Tourist will play the role of lead guitarist Brian May
Ben Hardy from X-Men: Apocalypse will play the role of drummer Roger Taylor
Joe Mazello from Social Network will play the role of bassist John Deacon
Queen’s official site has said that production on Bohemian Rhapsody will be happening “very, very soon”. And Queen’s OG members, Brian May and Roger Taylor have given the thumbs up for the cast. The two recently concluded their North American tour to celebrate 40 years of News of the World.
Before Rami Malek won what can be considered the role of a lifetime, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen was roped in to play Freddie Mercury. However, he soon walked out of the project, later giving the reason why he didn’t want to continue with the film. “I said, ‘Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you see the band carry on.’.” He was referring to the tragic death of Mercury who succumbed to tuberculosis caused by AIDS and died in 1992.
However, Brian May was quick to dismiss Cohen’s claims, saying, “Sacha became an arse. We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas, but he went off and told untruths about what happened.”
But he’s happy with Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. “Rami has great presence, and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”
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