Rami Malek at the Mr Robot press conference in Zurich Image: Getty
Rami Malek made a name for himself by playing the remote and frosty protagonist, Eliott Anderson in Mr. Robot. While his portrayal won some massive acclaim and earned him an Emmy, Malek's next role will see him essaying a man, who is the farthest possible thing from his restrained on-screen self.
Malek, who went on to be the first non-white actor to score an Emmy in the Best Actor category this year, is set to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic. The legendary British singer and song-writer is still remebered for his flamboyant on-stage theatrics and fiery voice. Mercury, who died in 1991 is one of the most iconic musicians of the century and his hit numbers like Killer Queen and Somebody To Love are still some of the most beloved rock melodies.
Malek will portary Mercury in the upcoming Queen bopic, which has been titled Bohemian Rhapsody, after the Queen's most successful number. X-Men director Bryan Singer is set to direct the movie on the historic British Rock band. The Theory of Everything writer will pen down the script for the biopic.
The film has been in development for a long time now. Sacha Baron Cohen was initially cast in the role of Mercury, whose real name was Farrokh Bulsara. But after Cohen dropped out, Malek was cast for the role.
Th rest of the cast has not been announced yet. But Malek's selection to play Mercury is being approved by critics and fans. Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will act as music producers for the film.