Even though the upcoming film about legendary rockers Queen won’t premiere until December 25, 2018, actor Rami Malek has already proven he has what it takes to fill in as frontman Freddie Mercury.
It’s certainly a daunting task to take on the role of such a beloved pop icon, but as photos from set have shown, the Mr. Robot actor is a natural.
The film’s director, Bryan Singer, recently leaked a sneak peek of Rami in full costume performing onstage, and fans are freaking out over how eerily close he looks to Freddie during the singer’s prime.
As a huge fan of the band, I know I’m anxiously waiting to see Rami’s portrayal in all its full glory when the movie is released.
Take a look below to see the incredible photos from the filming process and compare them to the actual bandmates.
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The film is named after Queen’s biggest hit song, Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s set to be released on Christmas Day 2018.
In the fall of 2016, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Rami Malek, who is most well-known for his work on the USA Network show Mr. Robot, had been cast as the band’s flamboyant front man, Freddie Mercury.
Director Bryan Singer, who is also at the helm of the current X-Men film franchise, has been sharing photos of the cast on his personal Instagram account now that filming has begun.
Rami spoke with Entertainment Weekly in September 2017 about stepping into Freddie’s shoes for the role.
Bryan said he “couldn’t help” himself when he posted this photo of Rami onstage in full Freddie attire on October 17, 2017.
You have to admit, even from far away, Rami has totally nailed the late rocker’s flair for showmanship!
Of course, the looks are just the one part of the equation. Freddie’s iconic vocal range isn’t something many other singers could pull off, but Rami told EW he was working on that, too.
As uncanny as Rami’s performance already appears to be in the film, he wasn’t actually the first actor to be cast as Freddie.
Rami took over the role from British actor Sacha Baron Cohen after the typically comedic performer clashed with Queen guitarist Brian May, according to reports from Rolling Stone.
Both Brian and Queen drummer Roger Taylor have been collaborating with Bryan Singer throughout the film’s production.
The director shared this image of Brian May watching the fictionalized version of himself, played by Gwilym Lee, on October 10, 2017.
The film will focus on the years surrounding the band’s legendary performance at the massive Live Aid concert back in 1985.
Judging by Bryan’s impressive collection of Queen albums, which he shared in the photo above last fall, he’s clearly the right man to do Freddie and the rest of the band’s legacy justice.
Bryan also shared this image on September 7, 2017, the day before production began filming.
At first glance, you might think they’re just closer shots of the covers in Bryan’s personal album collection — but if you take a second look, you’ll notice they’re actually the faces of the actors performing in the film!
It’s almost spooky how well the cast lines up with the real life rock stars.
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