After smaller roles in films like Night at the Museum trilogy, Rami Malek captured the hearts of many as Elliot Alderson; lead character of the critically acclaimed television series Mr. Robot. Now, the Emmy Award-winning actor is going to be moving from fictional hackers to real-life superstars as he becomes Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biographical drama Bohemian Rhapsody.
The film has been in development for a number of years. Originally called Mercury, the film was set to star Sacha Baron Cohen, who later dropped out and was replaced by Ben Whishaw. Whishaw was also forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, leaving the role open for Malek.
The script was originally being written by Peter Morgan, famous for films such as The Queen and Frost/Nixon. However, in a similar fashion to how the film has been forced to jump from lead to lead, this slow development process stretching back to around 2010 has also led to another writer, Anthony McCarten being brought in to write a new adaptation about Queens earlier years.
At the moment, alongside the star, screenwriter and producer Graham King, the film also has Bryan Singer attached to direct for 20th Century Fox. Singer wasted no time in sharing his excitement about working with Rami over the weekend:
Bohemian Rhapsody is currently set to start shooting in early 2017.