For some time now, there has been talk of an upcoming biographical drama surrounding the legendary rock band Queen, though no such film has shown up anywhere on the Hollywood film circuit. Now, however, it looks like fans will finally be able to enjoy a new biopic surrounding the events leading up to and including the band’s legendary rebirth at the Live Aid Festival in 1985. The performance was not expected to be anything special: Queen had lost a good deal of momentum by the early 1980s, and the band was just another group of performers scheduled alongside acts like Elton John, The Who, Dire Straights, Phil Collins, and Paul McCartney. But when Queen finally took the stage in-between U2 and David Bowie, the crowd had no idea they were about to witness rock-history in the making.
Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who later died of complications with AIDS, took command of the stage and delivered an awe-inspiring set that even his band mates had never imagined. Through 25 minutes, Mercury jumped from the piano, to the guitar, to front stage with his sawed-off mic-stand, leading the band through a suite of their musical catalogue that included older classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” to recent singles like “Hammer to Fall”. It was all backing members Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor could do to try and keep up with Mercury, whose passionate and energetic performance ignited the crowd and which is remembered as the definitive highlight of the Live Aid festival.
The new film is titled Bohemian Rhapsody, and will be helmed by X-Men and Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer for 20th Century Fox and New Regency under GK Films. Actor Rami Malek (Need for Speed, Mr. Robot) will star in the lead role as Freddie Mercury, along with actors Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Social Network), Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Only the Brave), and Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders, Jamestown), who will star as band members Deacon, Taylor, and May respectively. The latest version of the script was penned by writers Justin Haythe and Anthony McCarten after early drafts by three additional screenwriters were all passed on. Additional cast members include Lucy Boynton and Mike Myers, as well as Aiden Gillen and Tom Hollander, who have both just been added to the roster. Principle photography is currently underway in England, and the film is not expected to be released until December 2018, so with a script, director, and set of actors already lined-up, fans will only have to wait a little while longer to see this one hit the big screen. We’ll keep an eye out for upcoming news on the production.