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Brian May Confirms That the Freddie Mercury Biopic is "Very Close" to An Official Announcement

by VVN Music

All of the new swirling around the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been confirmed by group guitarist Brian May.

May spoke with Rolling Stone who asked him about the film:

Yeah, I think what's new is it's actually happening. We've been 12 years on this trail, but I think we're very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money. So yes, I think we're very close. We have our star. We have Rami Malek as our Freddie, who I think will be incredible. He has a great presence, and he's utterly dedicated to the project, which is wonderful. We've spent a little time with him. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see. And we have a fabulous producer in Graham King, who's probably the greatest independent producer in or out of Hollywood. And he's put together a great team. And we have a really, really great script. Finally. So we sort of sit there like the grandparents of the project in a sense. And we'll be taking care of the music, supervising the way it's done, which is another great project. But we're not really making the film. We've stayed with it for the last 12 years to shepherd it to the right place where we feel it would do Freddie justice. We only get one shot at this, and that's it.

The film has gone through a tumultuous development process including the apparent casting of Sacha Baron Cohen which went south after the actor tried to control the direction of the picture.