The upcoming biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury had a minor piece of controversy when it looked like there would be a halt to production when actor Sacha Baron Cohen left the film. Producers went to a new actor to take on the role of the famed performer and showman and Entertainment Weekly has the first pic of the actor.

Bohemian Rhapsody† Rami Malek

Mr. Robot star and Emmy winner Rami Malek stepped into the role and the first pic of him as Mercury is astounding. Malek definitely look like he has the swagger and demeanor of Freddie on full display. It will be something to see if he has the voice. Malek addressed whether or not he could reproduce Mercury’s unique sound. “We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” he said.

The film, Bohemian Rhapsody will chronicle the creation of the band Queen through the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. According to the director Bryan Singer, the film will be a celebration of the band, the music and Freddie. “It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored,” Singer says. “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”

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