Let’s hope this casting actually means a movie is going to finally be on it’s way because the gestation period for this Freddie Mercury biopic has gone on long enough. The film went in a downward spiral like an drunken frat boy to a point I thought we weren’t going to see this film get made until all the members of Queen passed on, but it appears Bryan Singer is still going forward with the film and has his leading man, for now.
Rami Malek is a far cry from Sasha Baron Cohen who was the perfect choice for the role, but he is also the choice after Spectre actor Ben Whishaw dropped out of the role as well. Malek has garnered serious praise for his performance in the hit show Mr. Robot which he received an Emmy and now has him for the part of the one of the greatest front men in music history.
Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) is still credited for writing the script, but The Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarren has been reported to have been working on the screenplay last. Singer is not some green director in Hollywood, but it’s also not a film genre that he has bitten into beyond the loosely based film Valkyrie with Tom Cruise which was based in World War II.
The pieces are all here, but the issue with the Coen leaving was due to the stranglehold the original band mates still have on the rights to the film and the limited detail they wanted for Freddie Mercury and themselves. The original members also wanted themselves to have a larger role in the film which prompted them to want to also censor the films details which involved their gay front-man’s bohemian lifestyle.
The film is expected to be in theaters by 2017, but we can only wait to see if that actually happens. Bohemian Rhapsody will be the official title as of now.
Source: The Wrap