Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is iconic. Rami Malek is well aware. Malek says, recalling his first time in hair and makeup as the singer,
“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment.”
Here’s the first photo of Malek as Mercury just released today, on what would have been the singer’s 71st birthday.
Malek is preparing to play Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody the Bryan Singer-directed film that chronicles Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS.
The film that will utilize either Malek’s own voice or recordings of Mercury, with a sound alike filling in the gaps,
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Singer says about the biopic,
“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Bohemian Rhapsody is out Dec. 25, 2018. Since there’s nothing to see of the film and it not out for over a year, let’s look at some vintage Queen, queens.
(Photo, via Entertainment Weekly)