“Yes folks, it IS finally happening.”
“The film is now ‘as-close-as-that’ to start of shooting,” Queen Online confirmed for the band this past week. “Pre-production begins next week in the UK to prepare for the start of principal photography in around London as soon as mid-September.”
Titled Bohemian Rhapsody, it will see Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as executive producers – Bryan Singer will direct.
On Bryan’s involvement, the website said:“A perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film.”
Followers of Queen could find themselves in the movie, as the band hint at a possible fan involvement.
As for its star? Rami Malek is set to play frontman Freddie Mercury.
“Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful,” Roger and Brian commented.
As for who will play Roger, Brian and former bassist John Deacon – they’re expected to be announced in the coming months.
Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was once linked with the role but quit due to creative differences – speaking on the Howard Stern radio show, he revealed he wanted a grittier, edgier film than Queen band members desired.
He said: “[Freddie] was wild, he was living an extreme lifestyle, there are stories of little people with plates of cocaine on their heads walking around a party.
“The band want to protect their legacy, they want it to be about Queen. And I fully understand that. [But] not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you see how the band carries on.”