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Queen biopic is a go; Bryan Singer will direct

Queen biopic is a go; Bryan Singer will direct

The long awaited biopic of the rock band Queen looks like it is finally happening.

The band announced on its official website, QueenOnLine, that the ‘film is “as-close-as-that” to the start of shooting.’

Pre-production should begin this week in Britain, with principal photography starting in London in mid-September, the band said.

Tentatively titled Bohemian Rhapsody, the flick will be directed by Bryan Singer, the band also confirmed.

Rumors of Singer’s involvement first surfaced in November 2016. Since that time, the X-Men director has occasionally dropped tantalizing hints about directing the Queen flick on his social media accounts, but never confirmed it.

Actor Rami Malek is set to play the flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, whose onstage theatrics helped propel the band to stardom. Mercury died of AIDS-related complications in November 1991 at age 45.

The 36-year-old Malek has been attached to the movie since November 2016. He is best known for playing the lead role in the computer-hacker psychological drama Mr. Robot. Malek won an Emmy for that TV series last year.

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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen had previously been scheduled to play Mercury but dropped out over creative differences.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor praised Malek, saying on the website, ‘Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.’

The Queen bandmates also praised Singer’s selection, calling him a ‘director with extraordinary imagination and style.’

A key component of the movie will involve recreation of the band’s 1985 performance at Live Aid in London’s Wembley Stadium, the band said.

Queen is best known for hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Somebody to Love and Fat Bottomed Girls.

Watch Mercury and Queen at their best in this performance from Live Aid in July 1985: