Sacha Baron Cohen Explains Departure From Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will play Queen's iconic frontman Mercury.

Also, the movie will be directed by Bryan Singer, whose previous credits include The Usual Suspects and a whole bunch of X-Men movies.

Malek as the strutting, operatically-voiced Mercury is "utterly dedicated to the project", according to bandmembers Roger Taylor and Brian May.

The band is encouraging fans to keep up with Queen Online and the Queen Facebook page for more updates as the project goes on.

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Malek's appointment to the role of Freddie Mercury comes after Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw both left the role.

However, nothing summarized the grandiose ethos of Queen more than "Bohemian Rhapsody", which began with Lambert on lead, followed by a cape-clad May popping out from below the stage, and ultimately, Mercury leading the chorus above them all.

The folks at Queenonline.com say Singer is the "perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid". "Who could imagine a more flawless fit than this brilliant actor?" the announcement asks.

Cohen, however, said he understood why the surviving members of Queen wanted a more PG-rated version of the film that vaunted the band's legacy. Pre-production begins next week in the U.K.to prepare for start of principal photography in around London as soon as mid-September. Taylor and May are also executive music producers on the movie. No, it's not the same band same these days with bassist John Deacon retired and just guitarist Brian May with drummer Roger Taylor leading the charge alongside the American Idol alum turned solo singer/songwriter stepping into those impossible-to-fill shoes, but that didn't mean the trio didn't rise to the occasion as best as humanely possible. Hint: Fancy being in the film?

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