Queen fans rejoice as a first look of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic has been released.
There is hardly anyone who has such a recognizable, iconic style as Freddie Mercury did. In the newly-revealed image, Malek sports Mercury’s signature thick moustache and touts the same confident, flamboyant personality that fans know and love the Queen sensation for.
The Queen biopic is set to release on Dec. 25, 2018 and will be titled Bohemian Rhapsody and will consist of primarily Freddie’s original vocals paired with Malek’s vocals. Attempting to accurately match the ferocity of Freddie’s vocals is no easy feat, and Malek vows that he is working tirelessly on upping his vocal game.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek says.“I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Malek also stated that seeing himself after hair and makeup and realizing how much he does, in fact, resemble the Queen frontrunner, helped to boost his confidence in regards to the daunting task of portraying the incredible Freddie Mercury.
Bohemiam Rapsody Will Focus on Mercury’s Glory Years
Bohemian Rhapsody, which is being directed by Bryan Singer, details Mercury’s life from the beginning of Queen in 1970 until their performance at Live Aid in 1985, which occurred six years before Mercury’s tragic death from AIDS complications.
Singer told Entertainment Weekly that he is aiming for Bohemian Rhapsody not to be a “traditional biopic,” but rather a film meant to honor Queen’s music, which is why he chose to chronicle the 1970-1985 timeframe.
“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored,” Singer says. “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
The first look of Rami Malek as Freddie, imaged above, was released on Tuesday, which would have been the late singer’s 71st birthday.