Rami Malek: First look at Mr Robot star in Freddie Mercury biopic of the Queen

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After years of delays, production started on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Actors like Johnny Depp, Ben Whishaw, and Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked to the role, only to fall.

The producers finally cast Mr Robot star Rami Malek as the Bohemian Rhapsody singer, and the first photo of him in character was released on Tuesday.

Using Mercury Live Aid team, Malek looks uncannily like the flamboyant star.

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“When you are able to open their eyes and see a different person gazing in the mirror, it is a statement of time,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly.

The biopic chronicles the story of the Queen of 1970, when the Mercury was associated with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications related to Aids.

X-Men director Bryan Singer is in charge of the film. He described it as a “biopic” traditional, but a celebration of the music of the band.

The film recently cast Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee as the Queen of the other members, guitarist Brian May posted a photo of the complete line of their Instagram account on Wednesday morning.

The Bo Rhap Children !!!! Or maybe you could call the New Queen ? These great guys are already living and breathing their roles as us in our youthful prime. From left to Right: Joe Mazzello as JD, Gwilym Lee as BM, Ben Hardy as RT, Rami Malek as FM. Honored ! Bri

A post shared by Brian Harold May (@brianmayforreal) on Sep 5, 2017, at 8:40 pm PDT

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Last week, the star also published a photo of the Live Aid stage – which has been recreated for the film.

LOOK !!! LIVE AID LIFE AGAIN !! It is a Miracle ! IG had by @bryanjaysinger of Bohemian Rhapsody from the Movie !!! We are IN ! #queenwillrock #bohemianrhapsodythemovie #liveaid – Bri

A post shared by Brian Harold May (@brianmayforreal) on August 29, 2017, at 5:38 pm PDT

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The film, which has yet to receive an official title, is due to hit theaters on Christmas 2018.

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