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Queen Movie Moves Forward With Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Bryan Singer to Direct

5 November 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hot off his Best Actor Emmy win for his role in “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek has lined up his next project. Per Deadline, the actor will be portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with Bryan Singer set to direct.

Written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”), the movie will focus on the band and its iconic lead singer.

The film has been in development at 20th Century Fox and New Regency for about eight years, and is now on fast track to be made with original producer Graham King and his Gk Films banner. King and Jim Beach will produce, with Denis O’Sullivan as executive producer. Original Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve as music producers. The project is expected to begin shooting early next year.

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- Liz Calvario

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Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Gets Mr. Robot Star as Freddie Mercury

4 November 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After languishing in development for several years, the Queen biopic now entitled Bohemian Rhapsody is finally moving forward. Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has signed on to play the iconic Queen front man Freddie Mercury, with Bryan Singer entering negotiations to direct. 20th Century Fox and New Regency have now picked up the project, with Graham King's Gk Films producing, putting it on the fast track to production.

Deadline reports that Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) wrote the latest version of the screenplay, which has seen several incarnations over the years. The project was originally set up at Sony Pictures with Sacha Baron Cohen originally set to play Freddie Mercury. He had been attached to star as Freddie Mercury for six years, before leaving the project in 2013.

There was also a version of this story in the works with Ben Whishaw set to play Freddie Mercury, and Dexter Fletcher »

- MovieWeb

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