2016 gave us a lot of plot twists in all aspects of life. Whether it has been a good or bad year for you, Hollywood is always there as a scapegoat from reality. The latest instalment from the movie industry is the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic that just took a huge step forward. While it’s true that nobody does Freddie like Freddie, it’s only fitting that a legend of his caliber should deserve his own dazzling tribute in the big screen. Here are four actors who were consulted to play the music icon. Let’s see if you can give them a stamp of approval.
CONTENDER: Ben Whishaw
Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor has said Ben Whishaw (popularly known as the new Q in the latest James Bond series) earns the highest approval from the band to play their legendary frontman. When asked about the biopic and who might play Mercury, Taylor said the actor the band would like most has the initials “B.W.,” and when asked if that meant Whishaw, Taylor said: “Well, we hope so.”
CONTENDER: Sacha Baron Cohen
He may be better known as a comedian, but at some point, Sacha Baron Cohen was the longest-running contender to play Freddie Mercury. And after six years of waiting, the supposed Tom Hooper-directed biopic eventually bites the dust. When the actor wanted to portray the famous frontman all glittered in sex, drugs, and rock & roll, he revealed that the remaining members of Queen protested due to the fear that it will sully their band’s legacy.
CONTENDER: Dominic Cooper
After Sacha Baron Cohen stepped out, Dominic Cooper was quick to possibly take the mic for the biopic. Influential blogger El Mayimbe of the Latino Review from a “trusted source” claimed Cooper was “circling the project.” He had a high chance on actually portraying the part due to possessing a distinct physical resemblance and a decent singing voice.
WINNER: Rami Malek
Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek has emerged victorious as the definite actor to play Freddie Mercury in the big screen. Bryan Singer (of The Usual Suspects and X-Men film franchise) is in talks to direct the forthcoming biopic. It’s been reported that the biopic from GK Films, New Regency, and Fox will be titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Filming begins early next year.–SUE D. NYM