Queen confirm Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek

In other Queen news, the band will return to Australia later this year, for a headline tour with singer Adam Lambert.

Malek’s appointment to the role of Freddie Mercury comes after Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw both left the role. Brian May hit back, saying that Baron Cohen was dropped because he wasn’t right for the material and cited critical dud Grimsby as a reason why.

Bohemian Rhapsody is officially happening, and it looks like the Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek will begin production much sooner than expected. As well as this, May and Taylor are acting as consultants on the film and all of Queen’s discography will be made available for the soundtrack as well.

The movie is set to star Rami Malek as the legendary Freddie Mercury – who passed away in 1991 from complications with AIDs – and Brian and Roger couldn’t be happier with the casing choice.

Read the band’s full statement about the Bohemian Rhapsody film, below. “This will be the place to come to stay ahead of all the very latest news and updates as the film gets underway-and hopefully we’ll have some regular insider information to share with you too”. Who could imagine a more ideal fit than this brilliant actor? At this stage you probably know him best for TV’s Mr Robot. Taylor and May are also executive music producers on the movie.

According to the website, pre-production for the feature is set to begin “next week”, with shooting starting in London in September. The film is close to beginning production, with pre-production meetings taking place this week in United Kingdom and principal photography beginning in London in mid-September. The names of the actors who will portray May, Taylor and bassist John Deacon will be revealed soon.

The film and its cast and crew have been confirmed for months, but Thursday marks the first time the band has chimed in in an official capacity. They even hinted at a potential casting call: “Hint: Fancy being in the film?“.