Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
CAIRO – July 17: The late musical superstar Freddie Mercury will come back to life on the big screen, portrayed by none other than Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek. The project, which has faced difficult development for a decade seems to finally be coming to fruition. According to the New York Times, the film will be titled Bohemian Rhapsody, named after the 1975 hit song of the same name.
Born on September 5 as Farrokh Bulsara to an Iranian family, Mercury rose to superstardom 25 years later as the lead singer of rock band Queen. His powerful singing voice and immensely charismatic and colorful stage presence helped catapult the band to the top of the UK's chart for nine consecutive weeks.
Alas, Mercury had contracted AIDS and died on November 24, 1991, only a day after announcing his illness to the world. Mercury's band released a statement on their website queenonline confirming that "yes folks, it IS finally happening", and also confirmed the film would begin preproduction in September.
The movie will be directed by Bryan Singer, who received praise for his 1995 crime film the Usual Suspects, which won two Oscars.