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From Mr. Robot to Mr. Mercury…
Rami Malek will soon be starring on the big screen as none other than Freddie Mercury in the upcoming film, Bohemian Rhapsody. Amid speculation that the Emmy Award-winning actor was in talks to play the late musician, X-Men‘s Bryan Singer seemingly confirmed the exciting casting news on Instagram.
Singer posted the all-too famous cover art for Queen’s memorable track and wrote, “Looking forward to @ramimalek playing #freddie.”
GK films, New Regency and Fox are all joining forces to bring the life of the beloved singer to move theaters and The Theory of Everything‘s screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, is said to have written the script.
Back in March of this year, Sacha Baron Cohen—who was first attached to the project and the coveted role of Mercury—why he ultimately had to back out of the biopic.
“A member of the band, I won’t say who, he said, ‘This is such a great movie because it’s got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle of the movie,'” Cohen explained while he was a guest on The Howard Stern Show.
“I go, ‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’ He goes, ‘Freddie dies.'”
Cohen added, “At the end of the day, it really was an artistic difference.”
Casting for the role has remained up in the air since 2013, when Cohen officially backed out. Deadline was the first to report the casting speculation.