By: Renee Grant
The biopic we’ve all been waiting for is finally on its way!
Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has given his blessing for actor Rami Malek to play the iconic former frontman of the band, Freddie Mercury. Originally, the role was set to be played by British comic Sacha Baron Cohen. Reportedly, Cohen had tense moments with May and bandmate Roger Taylor, leading to his departure.
After a decade now, it seems that May and the band have given the full green light for producer Graham King to make the film a reality.
“We’ve been 12 years on this trail,” May tells Rolling Stone, “but I think we’re very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money. So yes, I think we’re very close.
“We have our star. We have Rami Malek as our Freddie, who I think will be incredible. He has a great presence, and he’s utterly dedicated to the project, which is wonderful. We’ve spent a little time with him. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see. And we have a fabulous producer in Graham King, who’s probably the greatest independent producer in or out of Hollywood. And he’s put together a great team. And we have a really, really great script. Finally.”
In the Billboard interview, May also recalls Prince’s opinion of their touring set, “I remember Prince saying, ‘Too many hits, too many hits.’ It’s a nice problem to have. We’ll be throwing in a few songs which people won’t have seen live for a very long time; the problem is what to leave out.”
Bryan Singer is set to direct the Mercury film which also features Ben Hardy playing the role of Roger Taylor.