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Queen finds their new Freddie Mercury

Queen finds their new Freddie Mercury

Mercury died in 1991 after a battle with AIDS.

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"After months of speculation, QOL can also confirm that the film is now "as-close-as-that" to start of shooting", the band said.

Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve as executive producers on the film that focuses on the life of Freddie Mercury, with Mr. Robot star Rami Malek set to portray the iconic singer.

We've been following the story of the Freddie Mercury / Queen biopic, and this is the first time so far that the film has received an official proclamation from Queen themselves, so it looks pretty serious. Queen - initially founded across the pond in 1970 - now consists of original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, with "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert joining the pair for tour dates.

"This is a director with extraordinary imagination and style", the statement read.

"A ideal choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film". Roger and Brian told QOL: 'Rami has great presence and he's utterly dedicated to the project.

"He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see". Indeed, Lambert demonstrated that dynamic range time and time again on tunes as widespread as the monstrous "Stone Cold Crazy", the soulful "Another One Bites The Dust", the swinging "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the practically operatic "Who Wants To Live Forever".

The official announcement that the film is off and running is years in the making for the long-stalled project originally announced almost eight years ago. The film is close to beginning production, with pre-production meetings taking place this week in United Kingdom and principal photography beginning in London in mid-September. Sacha Baron Caron was previously attached to star as Mercury, but dropped out due to creative differences.