The three actors who will be playing the surviving members of Queen in the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, have been revealed. Gwilym Lee from The Tourist will portray guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy — recently seen as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse — will play drummer Roger Taylor and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Joe Mazello will appear as bassist John Deacon. The trio join the already announced Rami Malek from Mr. Robot, who will portray Mercury in the film.
Filming for the movie is set to begin “very, very soon,” according to Queen’s official website. A release date for the movie has yet to be confirmed.
The film’s director is Bryan Singer, who has helmed four X-Men movies — including the first two and the most recent pair — as well as pictures like Valkyrie, Superman Returns and The Usual Suspects.
The real-life May and Taylor have said they’re thrilled with the choice of Malek to play the late Mercury, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991 at the age of 45. May said, “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”
May and Taylor recently completed a North American tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Queen’s classic 1977 album, News Of The World.