Queen Officially Confirm Freddie Mercury Biopic Is a Go, Reveal Starring Actor & Director

"Yes folks, it IS finally happening."

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Queen Officially Confirm Freddie Mercury Biopic Is a Go, Reveal Starring Actor & Director

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?"

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    Shoulda been Sascha Baron Cohen, shame this looks to be a gloss-over of a lot of stuff. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/09/sa...
    After hearing Sascha Baron Cohen talk about Brian May's vision for the movie, and the main reason for his departure, I lost complete interest in the movie, and that was years ago. 
    Shoulda been this guy (if he'd be a decent actor of course)
    That guy is already in queens own made tribute band. And just because he sounds like Freddy it doesn't mean he is freddy
    Even though I was into Queen back in '74 and know the history pretty well, I still would've seen the film with Sascha, without...pass.
    Come on now Sacha would have ruined it and made Freddy a laughing stock. All Sacha cares about is himself and he doesn't care who he hurts to get to the top. He's fucked over and humiliated countless people to get to where he is and Brian was too smart to fall for it. I trust in Brian May that he knows the right decision to make.
    Not interested anymore hearing sacha's account as to why original plans fell through. This isn't a mercury biopic, this is a queen circle jerk.
    Because Sacha is the one to be trusted. The man who's fucked over more people than a mob boss?
    lol yeah within his own forum, that's kind of the point.... he's also a great actor (ask Scorsese)
    Not that I hate the guy but can you please name something his acting was great in....good even? His Ali G/Borat formula of shows and movies isn't acting, its more on par with the Tom Green Show. I just haven't seen him act, aside from Talledega Nights or whatever its called.
    Brian May is far too intelligent to fall victim to Sacha's tricks. Cohen might be smart but May has him beat there. It's up to May, Taylor and Deacon to protect Freddy's legacy and Sacha has made countless professional individuals and even entire countries laughing stocks. The only thing Kazakhstan will ever be known for now is Borat. They don't want Freddy's image to be tarnished. 
    Yeah, that's not why he's no longer attached. In Brian May's vision for the film, Mercury's death was the climax. There was an additional half hour or so of Queen "surviving the loss of their frontman". Sacha didn't agree with that vision, he believed that Mercury's death should have been the finale. Additionally, he wanted to give an honest portrayal including the sex and drugs. May wants a watered down image friendly film. No one is debating May's intelligence, or Sacha's for that matter. It was creative differences--- where I definitely side with Sacha.
    Freddy was a private person and disliked the tabloids and his personal life being published. Why should that be any different after his death? We should respect a man's privacy even in death and Queen are respecting that not making a spectacle out of his private life. It should be about the music and the important parts of the story not how many people they had sex with. Also why should Freddy's death be the climax? Queen carried on.
    Freddy was obsessed with privacy because he was in the closest and lived in a bigoted era. If you want a big production about the music then pick up their albums, it's all in there. If you want a gritty biopic that fearlessly tells the actual events, then Sacha's vision was the way to go. If you're cool with a PG self-promoting circle jerk, then this one is for you. Might be your cup of tea, but it isn't for me. I don't need to be convinced to adore the band, I already do. Also, Let's get real here: is queen the legendary act that they are today because of Paul Rogers/Adam Lambert? Hell no. This isn't a film for just the diehards.
    Do the surviving members even know what exactly went on? Like I said private life meaning they weren't there watching him so how can they give accurate accounts of his sexual encounters and drug use?
    lol um his many lovers, their manager who frequented his wild parties, Mary autman. The movie doesn't have to show him taking a dick, that's not what I'm suggesting; it shouldn't gloss over a large part of his identity and pretend it didn't happen. He loved sex drugs and rock and roll and he loved to party. That was his lifestyle and that's what made him him.
    I can't blame Brian May, honestly. I can see his dilemma: he wants to be respectful to his friend who he worked closely with for almost 20 years, who was a very private person. I think that's the problem actually; he's too emotionally close to the material to be able to take it in an interesting/honest creative direction. I think this film could be phenomenal in the hands of the right creative team (including Sacha Baron Cohen) but I don't think it's going to end up that way at all.
    What are you talking about? Why is he a bad guy?
    The majority of his guests for Ali G and Borat were tricked into their interviews. Here is an example from 2002 where Alex A Alonso wrote an article about how he was tricked into the interview and how he felt exploited and humiliated. http://www.streetgangs.com/features/031202_ali... Also Donald Trump has spoken about how he was tricked and walked out of an interview with Ali G. Not to mention Borat caused an entire country to be a laughing stock and painted many people in a bad light. For instance "what is the best way to defend against a jew?, I would recommend either a 9mm or a 45. That was actually manipulated. What he really asked him was "what is the best gun to shoot a hog with?" and sound editing did the rest. He has fucked over tons of people. 
    Somewhere Mr. Borat is really pissed.....
    Nah, I doubt that. He'd have been amazing for the part, but if memory serves he quit because he didn't like the squeaky clean way they wanted to portray Freddy, or how the second half of the film was about the band "carries on from strength to strength". If done right this biopic could be absolutely brilliant, but if Sascha is to be believed I don't think that's the case. Time will tell though, here's hoping it's better than he made it sound.
    So the guy that ruined the X-Men and Superman is directing it... He literally made the X-Men so unmarketable Marvel was going to stop printing X-Men comics until fans outraged, and Logan and Deadpool were a success.
    Typically people say that the 3rd film was where the X-Men turned terrible, but Singer wasn't involved in that. I think it's more the fault of people like Simon Kinberg
    Yeah, plus it wasnt really bad. Its had great ideas and moments but it needed some reworking. Then again, i havent seen xmen 3 for years.
    None of the X-Men movies have been good until Logan. There was hype around them at the time because Superhero movies were still new, but since 2008, they've sold it in a bundle with Fantastic 4's, Daredevil, and Elektra.
    Yeah to be honest they're not great and aren't faithful to the comics at all, but I liked First Class, DOFP and Logan
    I liked FC and DOFP when I first saw them, and only compared to the original trilogy. They were always the least of the superhero movies. Logan pissed me off because it showed that we could have had good X-Men movies this whole time, but it didn't happen.
    Marvel was going to stop publishing X Men as a way of getting the rights back from Fox.
    I understand that, but if the X-Men movies were doing that well, their merchandise and comic sales would have made it worthwhile. Which version of Wolverine did they bring back? The one from the movie. There's Deadpool everything now.
    I wonder how far from the source material he will stray... Bet he ends the movie with Jean Grey becoming the Phoenix.
    Hmm. The X-Men films kind of sucked so I'm curious as to how this is going to turn out.
    Singer has made one good movie, The Usual Suspects. The script/twist was the good part, not the direction. The best Xmen movie was the newest one Logan, most of them are garbage. And lets not forget his "Superman Returns" garbage movie
    Rami is good, though I'm not sure he can sing. This will be interesting.
    Actors usually don't sing, there is someone else for singing parts. I was even surprised that the Moana voice actress is not the same when she sings.
    At one time, it wasn't this way. I seem to recall a little bit of singing from him in The War At Home, but it was a line or two.