Our first glimpse at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is finally here: Entertainment Weekly posted a pic of the Mr. Robot star as Mercury from Bryan Singer’s long-gestating biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror,” Malek told EW, of his first time in hair and makeup, “it’s a very affirming moment.”
Mercury’s voice is one of the most recognizable in rock, so how will Rhapsody recreate his powerful vocals?
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek explained diplomatically. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now, if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
Joining the Emmy winner are Joe Mazzello as Queen bassist John Deacon, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, and Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May.
Mercury died of AIDS complications in 1991 and Deacon retired in 1997. May and Taylor have continued to perform under the Queen name with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert stepping in as vocalists.
“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but… that also will be honored,” Singer revealed. “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
Bohemian Rhapsody is slated for U.S. release December 25, 2018.