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Queen 'Bohemian Rhapsody' biopic: Is this just fantasy?
As the star of USA Network's "Mr. Robot," Rami Malek has taken America through a digital dystopia where multiple versions of reality coexist. Now that Queen have announced the band's long-awaited biopic, aptly titled Bohemian Rhapsody, they've also confirmed that Malek will take us through the mind-bending talents of Freddie Mercury.
Born a British citizen, Mercury was transplanted from Zanzibar, Tanzania, to Middlesex, England, at 17. From London he soon exposed the world to his personal richness of over-the-top expression — a singer/songwriter whose theatricality onstage earned him a seat at the table of rock's ultimate frontmen.
Malek is no stranger to reality-warping narrative, but one indication of how big a space he has to fill is outlined by the fact that GRAMMY nominee Adam Lambert has been touring with Queen on lead vocals. "We Are The Champions" (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2009) is a perfect feeling to embody, and legions of anxious fans are hopeful that Malek will nail the role.
Director Bryan Singer (X-Men 2, "House," "Legion") has been tapped to bring Bohemian Rhapsody from fantasy to real life. The film, which is scheduled to begin pre-production this week, will also feature Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as executive music producers.