Bryan Singer‘s Queen biopic has rounded out its band, adding Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee to the group. They join Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) who takes on lead Freddie Mercury in the film, a role, for a long time, attached to Sacha Baron Cohen.
The three young actors are fairly unknown, which rather promises a talented performance of significant worth. Ben Hardy (known in the UK for Eastenders, and more commonly for X-Men: Apocalypse) will play drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders) will play guitarist Brian May, and Joe Mazzello (The Social Network) will play bassist John Deacon.
While Freddie Mercury certainly garnered the most attention in Queen, no doubt due to his showmanship and eccentricity, success was very much a team effort. Deacon composed several singles for the group and helped managed the band’s finances, Taylor, among the world’s greatest drummers, composed a track on each Queen album, and May is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
The film, of course, is named after Queen’s magnum opus “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a song featured across pop culture, namely in Wayne’s World in 1992. Queen has certainly endured a life itself worthy of being likened to a rhapsody, thus the name becomes entirely fitting.
Justin Haythe (Snitch, The Lone Ranger) has written the script to be used in the 20th Century Fox production. Graham King, Jim Beach and Singer are producing.
Production is set to start this autumn, with a premiere date scheduled for December 2018.