It’s been 26 years since we lost Freddie Mercury, the air-punching, leg-kicking frontman of the legendary rock group Queen.
But in December 2018, he’ll be back, played by charismatic Mr Robot star Rami Malek in the Bryan Singer-directed biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Here are four reasons why Malek is going to totally own this role...
He’s a seriously brilliant actor
Though he’s been acting professionally for 13 years, it’s only since Mr Robot debuted in 2015 that the world has taken notice of Rami Malek.
The LA-born 36-year-old got his big break with the cult Amazon Prime techno-thriller, playing the lead role of socially-challenged hacker Elliot Alderson. In fact, his performance has been so acclaimed that he nabbed the Best Actor gong at the 2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the same year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
If this series were a movie, he’d be looking at an Oscar nod, for sure.
He’s the spit of Freddie Mercury
We’ve only seen one photograph so far of the ‘Freddied-up’ Rami Malek, and, tbh, we couldn’t tell if it was him or the real Freddie Mercury.
Not only is Malek the right age to play the flamboyant Queen frontman (Mercury was in his mid-30s at the height of the band’s power in the early 1980s), but he seems to have absolutely nailed Mercury’s dazzling, bombastic stage persona.
He’s still unknown enough to convince us he’s Freddie
Although he’s been earning plaudits and acting gongs for his role in Mr Robot, Malek’s fame isn’t great enough yet to overshadow his movie roles.
For all its brilliance, Mr Robot is still a fairly obscure TV show, screening, at it does, not on any of the major networks, but on streaming service Amazon Prime. So for many people this will be the first they’ve ever seen of Rami Malek.
We’re sure though that this will be the role that will make him a superstar.
He’s got the backing of the band
For many years, this movie was meant to be a vehicle for Borat and Bruno actor Sacha Baron Cohen. But the Ali G star apparently clashed with Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May, who were overseeing the project.
“Brian May is an amazing musician,” Cohen told The Howard Stern Show in 2016, “but he’s not a great movie producer.”
Paddington's Ben Whishaw was considered as a replacement, but in 2015 it was confirmed that Malek had been cast as Mercury.
“Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project,” May and Taylor said in a joint statement. “He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”
Bohemian Rhapsody arrives at Cineworld in December 2018.