Bohemian Rhapsody is finally on track for production. Rami Malek, who played in Mr. Robot, stars in the film as Freddie Mercury.
Sacha Baron Cohen would have been perfect, however, he and the band members couldn’t make creative decisions together. Therefore, the story never really got off the ground.
Entertainment Weekly posted a first look at Malek portraying the icon on Twitter. He really looks the part, and that’s very exciting.
A photograph doesn’t tell us how the finished product will turn out, however. Vocals are important. The director, Bryan Singer, has chosen to combine the actor’s voice with recordings of Mercury. Malek told Entertainment Weekly:
We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.
Bohemian Rhapsody will show Mercury from the beginning of the band, which started in the 70’s. Their performance at Live Aid will end the band’s story. It will not show Mercury’s battle with AIDS, which ended his life in 1991.
The band members are adamant that the film not show Mercury during that dark time. However, this decision is controversial, and a lot of people disagree. Sacha Baron Cohen disagreed, and that is why he dropped off.
Bryan Singer is the director, which brings its own controversy. His work on the X-Men franchise leaves a lot to be desired. We’ll have to wait and see if this film suffers the same critical reviews as the comic films.
Bohemian Rhapsody will release in December 25, 2018.