Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is headed to the big screen as one of music’s greatest icons. Malek has signed on to portray rock legend Freddy Mercury. Per Deadline:
Bryan Singer is in talks to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-in-the-works movie about the seminal British rock band Queen, with Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek playing frontman Freddie Mercury. The film is coming back together and is on the fast track at 2oth Century Fox and New Regency with original producer Graham King and his GK Films.
Fox and New Regency have stepped up for the joint project in the latest maneuver for a movie that has been in development with King for eight years. The most recent script, which focuses on the band and its iconic lead singer, is from The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten. King and Jim Beach are producers, and Denis O’Sullivan is exec producer. Original Queen bandmembers Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve as music producers. It’s being eyed to shoot early next year.
Malek is quickly becoming a well-known name, due to the popularity of Mr. Robot and his 2016 Emmy win for Best Actor in a Drama Series. This role is more than likely to raise his profile even more.