MANILA, Philippines – The first photo of Rami Malek playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been released, and the actor is practically unrecognizable, completely disappearing into his character.
The Mr Robot actor will be playing the rock icon in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Queen directed by X-Men‘s Bryan Singer.
Of course, getting Mercury’s look just right is one thing, but the bigger challenge will be to pull off his legendary voice and onstage flamboyance.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie will use both recordings of Freddie Mercury’s voice, and Rami’s. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” the actor said.
Producer Graham King said Rami is perfect for the role.
“Freddie Mercury was larger than life and seeing Rami completely transform into him has only further solidified that he is the perfect choice for this role. Between Bryan’s innovative direction, Rami’s extraordinary talent, and the incredible team we’ve assembled, I couldn’t be more excited to see the remarkable story of Freddie Mercury and Queen’s iconic songs coming to life,” he said.
The film is set to be released in the US on December 25, 2018. – Rappler.com