Rami Malek transforms into the iconic Queen singer Freddie Mercury in a recent image released on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The resemblance is to be a good tribute to the singer, whose 71st birthday would have fallen on that Tuesday as well.
Malek’s transformation is a sign of him finally “getting into the role,” as he will play Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, a Queen biopic to be released next year.
In a picture posted in Entertainment Weekly, Malek sports signature Mercury attire, from the white sleeveless shirt and the iconic jeans. This is a more prevalent look if fans attended the Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985, which the film also features.
“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment,” Malek said.
He added that parts of the film that will have singing will have his voice and Mercury’s. There will be, however, a “sound alike” that will help bridge the two voices.
“I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you,” the Mr. Robot actor said. “I’m not working on my acting.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by Bryan Singer, comes out on Christmas 2018. The film will revolve around Queen in its prime during the 70s, at the time when Roger Taylor and Brian May came to the band. The movie will apparently chronicle the time of the band’s creation until Queen’s performance in 1985. Fans will recall this is just six years before 1991, the year Mercury passed away due to AIDS.
Singer’s last feature film was Apocalypse, the third installment of the rebooted X Men series of films. The director said his approach to the Queen film is not that of a “traditional biopic.” He said the film will be more about honoring the band’s music, which is ideal given the movie’s length.