After parting ways with Sacha Baron Cohen for an ambitious Freddie Mercury biopic, Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May teamed up with X-Men director Bryan Singer to develop Bohemian Rhapsody, a film centered around Queen's challenging road to success. For this new project, Mr. Robot's Rami Malek was chosen to portray Mercury.
This casting proved to be quite controversial when it was first announced. People just weren't sure of whether Malek would be able to convincingly portray the legendary frontman, especially when compared to Sacha Baron Cohen's remarkable likeness to Mercury. Well, folks, if you still had your reservations, I'm happy to tell you that you should drop them right now.
First Look At Rami Malek As Freddie Mercury
Last week, #RamiMalek teased fans on Twitter, stating that he had just gone through his Freddie Mercury transformation process, and promising pictures of the outcome soon. To our delight, the actor kept his promise. Entertainment Weekly has released the first look at the actor as Mercury, in the scene that will recreate Queen's 195 Live Aid performance:
Yep, that's definitely Mercury — even down to the toned yet lean physique and abundant chest hair. Of his transformation, the #MrRobot star told Entertainment Weekly that he was fascinated by how different he looked when getting into character:
"When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror. It's a very affirming moment."
You're not alone in your amazement, Mr. Malek. I'm not going to lie, I actually thought that was Mercury in the picture when I first saw it.
Recreating Mercury's Powerful Voice
Malek can definitely pull off the look, but what about the voice? #FreddieMercury's vocal power is the stuff of legend, and as mentioned, Bohemian Rhapsody will recreate #Queen's performance in 1985's Live Aid, which is regarded by many as one of the singer's most powerful moments.
With that in mind, any actor stepping up to play him should be able to emulate his talent. Fortunately, Malek is up to the task. According to the actor, a combination of his own voice and Mercury's will be used for the film:
"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."
The more I hear about the project, the more excited I get. Now all we need to see is a look at Gwylim Lee, Ben Hardy and Joe Mazzello as #BrianMay, #RogerTaylor and John Deacon, respectively. But seeing how things are shaping up, I'm sure those will arrive sooner rather than later.
Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to hit theaters on December 25, 2018.
What do you think about our first look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]