AceShowbiz - The first still from Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" has arrived online. It shows "Mr. Robot" actor Rami Malek rocking out on stage as the band's frontman Freddie Mercury. He wears a white wife beater, tight jeans, an armband, and thick mustache.
Malek channels the rocker's look from his performance with Queen at Live Aid in 1985, six years before he died of complications from AIDS. Looking uncannily like the late music icon, Malek says, it "only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury."
The picture was released on Tuesday, September 5, on what would have been the singer's 71st birthday. "When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it's a very affirming moment," Malek tells Entertainment Weekly as he recalls his first reaction to his transformation as the late musician.
The scenes that feature singing will have either Malek's voice or recordings of Mercury. "We're going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible," the actor explains. "I'm in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I'm not working on my acting."
Named after Queen's 1975 hit single, the upcoming biopic will follow the iconic band from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until their Live Aid concert in 1985. Due December 25, 2018 in the United States, the film is directed by "X-Men" helmer Bryan Singer.
The director says it is "not a traditional biopic." He explains, "It won't just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It's about collaboration. It's a celebration." Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello are signed on to play May, Taylor and John Deacon.