Queen’s Freddie Mercury was one of the world’s greatest ever rock legends
We’re actually surprised it’s taken this long for a proper movie about his life to get made, but Bohemian Rhapsody will do just that.
Here are all the details about the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic:
When does it come out?
The movie will be released at UK cinemas on October 24, 2018.
It will arrive at US cinemas on November 2.
What is the film about?
Set in the 1970s, the film follows the years before the formation of Queen by Freddie, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
It will tell the story of the beginnings of the band, up until their show-stealing performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Who will appear?
Mr Robot actor Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in the movie. Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen originally expected to play Freddie. However, he left the project due to “artistic differences”, with Brian May describing Cohen as “an arse”. Oh dear.
EastEnders actor Ben Hardy will play Roger Taylor, Midsomer Murders‘ Gwilym Lee plays Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello (better known as the kid from Jurassic Park) plays John Deacon.
There will also be roles for Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen as Queen’s first manager, Tom Hollander as their second manager, and Mike Myers in an unspecified role.
Eddie the Eagle‘s Dexter Fletcher is directing the film, after original director Bryan Singer dropped out in December.
Recreating Freddie’s iconic four-octave vocal range is always going to tricky.
To combat this, the film will reportedly use elements of Malek’s voice, recordings of Freddie, and a sound-alike performer, in order to re-create the vocals.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now, if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”