Bohemian Rhapsody: 6 Details About the Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Rami Malek
The long-awaited biopic about the life and death of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is officially a go. Although the film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, initially had Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen attached, it has landed a new star and also cast the rest of the Queen band members (as well as one iconic comedic star). From the casting announcements to the drama surrounding its original director, here's everything we know about Bohemian Rhapsody so far.
Bryan Singer Is No Longer Directing
After clashing with the film's star, Rami Malek, and being absent from the set, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Singer is no longer attached to the project. "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody," the studio said in a statement. In response to the news, Singer released a statement of his own, explaining that he was caring for a sick parent during his leave. He also said that any dispute between him and Malek has since been resolved and didn't have anything to do with his departure. The studio is expected to name a new director in the next few days.
The Rest of the Band Has Been Cast
Joining Malek are actors Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello, and Ben Hardy, who will play Queen band members Brian May (guitarist), John Deacon (bass guitarist), and Roger Taylor (drummer), respectively.
The Production Team
The biopic is being produced by Graham King's GK Films banner (for 20th Century Fox and New Regency). Screenwriting duties fell to Justin Haythe, who wrote the script along with King, Jim Beach, and Singer producing. Jane Rosenthal, Denis O'Sullivan, and Arnon Milchan will serve as executive producers.
The Release Date
Despite Singer's departure as director, Fox still hopes to release Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2018.