You Need to See the First Image of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury

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Acting is tough. Acting in a biopic can be even tougher.

But trying to fill the shoes of one of the most iconic performers of all time? That’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

But actor Rami Malek feels he’s up to the task. Entertainment Weekly revealed the first image of Malek as Freddie Mercury this week, and even critics of the film’s content can’t deny that the similarities are remarkable.

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He’s also one of music history’s most colorfully eccentric characters. The Queen frontman had a singular presence which few have even come close to recreating since his death in 1991. But there’s one man who’s attempting the role in an upcoming biopic.

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Malek has been cast to play Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Shooting begins this week, but we’ve already gotten a sneak peek at Malek as Mercury. Needless to say, Malek is definitely “Under Pressure” due to the iconic character he’ll be playing.

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The Mr. Robot star doesn’t just have to look like Freddie Mercury for the film.

Obviously, his appearance is important. But as any Queen fan will tell you, it was Mercury’s incredible four-octave range and showmanship that will be Malek’s real challenge. The film will use a combination of recordings of Mercury’s voice blended with Malek’s to bring some authenticity. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody will be directed by Bryan Singer, whose previous projects include X-men and The Usual Suspects.

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The film chronicles Queen’s history between when Mercury teamed up with band members Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970 and the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985.  

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He says the experience was “overwhelmingly cool and truly unforgettable.” Naturally, people were anxious to see Malek as Mercury. They didn’t have to wait long.

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On September 6, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first photo of Malek as Freddie Mercury.

And honestly? It’s pretty stunning. The hair, makeup, and costume team did such an incredible job recreating Freddie’s unmistakable look.

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You can definitely see how some people might mistake the photo of Malek for one of Freddie back in the day. Brian describes the experience of seeing part of his life being made into a movie as feeling “like a rocket taking off.” We assume it’s something like a rocketship on its way to Mars. On a collision course. A satellite out of control.

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It’s definitely strange to see someone who left such an amazing impact on the music world seemingly brought back to life for a film.

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Obviously, it remains to be seen whether Malek will do Freddie’s character justice. But hopes are definitely high!

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Although shooting is only just officially starting, there’s already been some controversy surrounding the film. It started years ago when a completely different actor was attached to the project.

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However, after clashing with Brian May over how the film would portray Mercury, Cohen eventually dropped out of the project.  

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According to Cohen, May was hesitant to explore the “nitty gritty” of Mercury’s life, instead wanting the film to be a PG-rated historical account of the band as a whole. May has denied these claims, however, saying, “We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas, but he went off and told untruths about what happened.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody is slated to come out December 25, 2018.

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With its release, fans of Freddie Mercury will have to judge for themselves whether the film does justice to Freddie’s memory. Regardless of the “nitty gritty”-ness of film, you can rest assured that Malek’s look will be 100 percent on-point.

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