Queen has officially announced that a Freddie Mercury biopic is heading for the big screen, featuring Rami Malek in the starring role and Bryan Singer as the director.
The full statement from the official site reads:
"Yes folks, it IS finally happening. You've been hearing rumors about 'Bohemian Rhapsody The Film' for some time, but now QOL is about to become your most direct source of official information.
"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.
So starting right now, here's what we can confirm at this stage.
"Award winning director Bryan Singer is the man who will be bringing the Queen and Freddie story alive. If you've ever seen Singer's X-Men films, or the groundbreaking movie 'The Usual Suspects,' you'll know this is a director with extraordinary imagination and style.
"A perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film. More on that very soon.
"Rami Malek has signed up to take on the challenging role of Freddie Mercury.
"Who could imagine a more perfect fit than this brilliant actor? At this stage you probably know him best for TV's Mr Robot. Roger and Brian told QOL: 'Rami has great presence and he's utterly dedicated to the project. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.'
"Roger and Brian of course are serving as the film's executive music producers.
"After months of speculation, QOL can also confirm that the film is now 'as-close-as-that'to start of shooting. Pre-production begins next week in the UK to prepare for start of principal photography in around London as soon as mid-September.
"You are probably wondering, who will play Roger, Brian and John??? That, friends, is news for another day, and just one good reason for you to make QOL and Queen Facebook your regular stops to check in for the very latest updates, and who, knows, maybe even one or two exclusives.
"Come back soon. You don't know what you might be missing. Hint: Fancy being in the film?"