Queen OnLine (QOL), the official site of the iconic rock band Queen, recently confirmed that a biopic about the band and its flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury has gone into pre-production in the U.K. with shooting set to start in London around mid-September.
Who is involved in the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic?
Openly bisexual director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X-Men) will direct and actor Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) will play Mercury in the film’s lead role. Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will serve as the film’s executive music producers, which means the recreated songs and film score will probably rock you.
QOL didn’t divulge who would play the bands other members but did hint that fans of their website might have an opportunity to appear as extras in the film, perhaps as audience members in Queen’s famous 1985 Live Aid performance.
Ethnically speaking, Malek (who was born to Egyptian parents) makes a fitting choice to play Mercury since Mercury was of Persian and Indian descent. (That is, both have Middle Eastern roots.)
What will the Queen/Freddie Mercury film cover?
Conceivably, the film will span from the band’s 1968 formation to 1992 tribute concert to commemorate Mercury who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. Elton John, David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Seal and a handful of other musicians and bands played in the concert; they probably won’t appear in the film though.
The film will likely also cover Mercury’s coy relationship with his sexuality and the press. While he publicly admitted to some same-sex encounters during his schoolboy days, he never came out in the press and reportedly distanced himself from his longtime partner Jim Hutton while in public. Mercury also never publicly aligned himself with any LGBTQ social causes.