Freddie Mercury; Rami Malek (AP/Getty/Pascal Le Segretain)

The first image of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury will stun you

Rami Malek steps into the role of the late Queen singer for the upcoming biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody"


Gabriel Bell
September 6, 2017 5:20PM (UTC)

Last night, the world got its first look at Rami Malek portraying the late, great Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" via Entertainment Weekly.

Check out the simply stunning results below:

Uncanny, right? For reference, take a look back at the singer himself.  

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As noted in Entertainment Weekly's article, Malik has transformed himself into the frontman for the Bryan Singer-helmed project based on a script co-penned by "Theory of Everything" scribe Anthony McCarten. Playing Mercury's Queen bandmates are Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon. Allen Leech will play Mercury's personal manager Paul Prenter.

Malek will be contributing some of his own signing to the performances in "Bohemian Rhapsody," but, as EW notes, Mercury's voice will also make appearances with "a sound alike filling in the gaps." Malek told the publication, "I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting." How exactly Malek, not known for his singing, will capture the sound of Mercury's signature multi-octave voice remains to be seen.

The film marks the completion of a long-running effort to transfer Mercury's life onto the big screen. Past projects attracted the talents of Ben Whishaw, Sacha Baron Cohen and others, none of them coming to fruition.

Unlike those past attempts, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which follows Mercury from the early '70s to the mid-'80s will arrive in theaters December 25, 2018.

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Gabriel Bell

Gabriel Bell is Salon's Deputy Culture Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @GabrielJBell

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