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The U.S. actor is set to play the late frontman in the forthcoming Queen biopic, which has been given a new release date.
The first picture of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury has been released.
In a picture released by Entertainment Weekly, Malek can be seen in one of Mercury's most famous poses at Live Aid, wearing tight blue jeans and a white vest.
#RamiMalek is #FreddieMercury in this exclusive first look at 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'The Bryan Singer-directed film (out Dec. 25, 2018) chronicles #Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS. Click the link in our bio for more. : Nick Delaney/Fox
While the Mr. Robot star will depict the legendary icon, the rest of the band will be played by Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Jospeh Mazzello, who will play Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon respectively.
Meanwhile, Allen Leech has been cast in the role of Mercury's personal manager, Paul Prenter.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film is set to be released on Christmas Day, 25 December 2018.
The outlet adds that the Bryan Singer-directed film "chronicles Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS."
Last week, Brian May shared a behind the scenes look at the recreated Live Aid stage.
Taking to Twitter he posted a picture of the immense set, writing: "LIVE AID LIVES AGAIN It's a Miracle ! IG'd for Bo Rhap the Movie !!! We are ON ! #queenwillrock#bohemianrhapsodythemovie#liveaid - Bri".
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The 1985 dual-venue benefit gig, which was founded by Bob Geldof and Ultravox frontman Midge Ure to raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia, saw Queen play one of their most memorable and iconic performances at Wembley Stadium.
The concert - which also played host to the likes of David Bowie, The Style Council, Spandau Ballet, Sting, Elton John, Phil Collins and U2 - went down in history as the biggest charity show, and one of the largest scale television broadcasts of all time.
Watch Freddie Mercury's iconic singalong with the Live Aid crowd at Wembley stadium:
Freddie Mercury singalong at Live Aid
Credit: Live Aid/YouTube/My Fairy King
Find out what happened when Radio X DJ and Queen mega-fan John Robins shared a beautiful handshake with Brian May:
John Robins and Brian May share a beautiful handshake! Our man Robins achieves a dream. 01:00
John Robins and Brian May share a beautiful handshake!
Our man Robins achieves a dream.