Resurrecting Freddie Mercury
Article by Aaron Haughton
The first look on the Bryan Singer directed Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, came yesterday in the form of Rami Malek rocking a Freddie Mercury power pose. And, I gotta say, Malek has the look down, but the true question is does he have the pipes?
It's been reported that the portion of the film devoted to the music will either utilize Malek's own instrument or recordings of Mercury himself, with a sound alike impersonator filling the space between. Malek told Entertainment Weekly, “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”
However, this still leaves another lingering question unanswered. Does this mean that we'll get the Queen biopic where Mercury dies in the middle?!
If you recall, Sacha Baron Cohen was slated to fill the Mercury jeans that Malek now inhabits, but left the project due to creative differences because the surviving members of the band wanted a majority of the film to focus on them. As Cohen told Howard Stern back in March of last year, the band stated that Mercury was to die in the middle of the film and the remainder would focus on "how the band carries on from strength to strength." To which Cohen said: "Listen, not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from Aids and then you see how the band carries on."
Apparently, as Empire reported, Bohemian Rhapsody charts the dawn of the Queen, tracking their rise until the iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985 and ending six years before Mercury's death. Singer described his approach as a non traditional biopic, stating “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.” Whatever the hell that means.
Malek looks fine and dandy, but I'd personally like to see Cohen's more in depth exploration of Mercury's life, both in the bedroom and on the stage.
What do you think? Are you more JAZZed about the Queen film now that Malek is fronting the band? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and be sure to stay in the viddy well loop...because an untied knot is just a string!