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Freddie Mercury Finally Cast, With 'Mr Robot' Star Rami Malek To Play Charismatic Frontman In Queen Biopic Film

Sacha Baron Cohen was previously attached.

07/11/2016 12:14 | Updated 08 November 2016

The long search for a leading man with the necessary qualities to play Freddie Mercury on screen may finally be over, with reports that the role has at long last been cast.

Deadline reports that ‘Mr Robot’ breakthrough star Rami Malek will play the charismatic Queen frontman in a forthcoming biopic, with Bryan Singer (‘The Usual Suspects’) also in talks to direct. The website reports that filming is set to begin early next year.

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Finally - we (might) have a leading man

Although no official statement has been made, Bryan Singer sent a tweet at the weekend, with a catalogue of tantalising hash-tags.

The project looks in its most promising form yet, following a couple of false starts over the last few years. ‘Borat’ star Sacha Baron Cohen was previously chosen to play Freddie on screen, but left the project - reportedly over disagreements with the remaining Queen members over which direction the narrative should take.

‘London Spy’ actor Ben Whishaw was also in the running, as was writer Peter Morgan (‘The Crown’) and director Dexter Fletcher.

However, it appears producers have finally settled on Rami - whose breakthrough role in ‘Mr Robot’ has already earned him an Emmy Award for Best Actor. The latest script is by Anthony McCarten, who previously penned ‘The Theory of Everything’.

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