Rami Malek channels legendary rocker Freddie Mercury in a new photo from the set of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek has been stirring up exciting for the hotly-anticipated story of the classic British rockers ever since the first-look image of the actor as Mercury (during his famous appearance at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1985) was released in early September.
Adding to the excitement, videos from the set of the Live Aid concert in Bohemian Rhapsody have since been leaked online. Malek has clearly been studying the energetic mannerisms of Mercury to recreate the singer/musician's iconic performance, judging by the footage from those videos.
Even though Bohemian Rhapsody isn't due in theaters until December 2018, director Bryan Singer is having a hard time containing his excitement for the film and Malek's performance. Cast in point, he posted a new shot of the actor "in concert" from the movie's set to his Instagram account this week. You can check out the photo for yourselves, below:
Like the first photo from the production in early September, the new shot of Mercury appears to be of the singer later in his career, as evidenced by the mustache he is sporting. Yet to surface are shots of Malek as Mercury from earlier in his career, as the film will reportedly chronicle the work of Queen over a 15-year time span, from 1970 to 1985's Live Aid performance.
While Malek as clearly been the focus of the first two photos from Bohemian Rhapsody, yet to be released are shots of the other band members: Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and John Deacon (Joe Mazzello). Two of Mercury's band mates are pictured in the background of Singer's new set photo, and while one is undoubtedly of the drummer Taylor, the other could be either of guitarist May or bassist Deacon, since both sported frizzy hairdos back in the day. The best look of any of the other band members so far came in the leaked set video, which clearly depicts Mazzello as Deacon.
With any luck, Singer will continue to thrill Queen fans with new photos throughout filming and the post-production process. Malek, whose breakthrough role came in the techno-thriller Mr. Robot on the USA Network, clearly has Mercury's moves down, and it will be exciting to see how he matches vocally with Mercury, who died of complications from AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45. Malek revealed in September that the film will be a combination of his vocals, Mercury's vocals, and fill-in soundalikes.
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- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018