Egyptian-American Actor Rami Malek Cast as Freddie Mercury in Queen Biopic

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After months of uncertainty, we finally have news about Queen-centred biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, with director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2) dropping some clues on Instagram this weekend.

According to Deadline, the biopic is being fast-tracked by the studio after a long period of development that had various stars, writers, and directors attached to the film, only to see them eventually exit the project.

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who bears something of a likeness to Mercury (who was born Farrokh Bulsara) was attached to star in the movie for some time before bowing out over creative differences with the surviving members of Queen in 2013. Fox and Regency previously teamed up for Best Picture winners 12 Years a Slave and Birdman, as well as the highly-acclaimed The Revenant. The flick is expected to begin shooting in early 2017, while founding Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will serve as the project's music producers.

Malek broke into the spotlight for his role as Elliot Anderson in Mr. Robot, a hit series about a vigilante hacker whose mission is to take down one of the largest corporations in the world. The casting seems like an inspired choice with Malek ability to resemble Mercury pretty easily.

Singer and Malek are only the latest ones to try their hand at a Mercury/Queen movie. The producer has been working on Bohemian Rhapsody for eight years.

Andrew McCarten (The Theory of Everything) and Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) have both written drafts of the screenplay (McCarten's is the newest), which will tell the story of Mercury and Queen, though the definitive timeline of the biopic is still to be announced.

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