Kiwi-written 'Bohemian Rhapsody' riding its bicycle to our screens

'Bohemian Rhapsody' will go ahead, thanks to a Kiwi author.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' will go ahead, thanks to a Kiwi author.

Bohemian Rhapsody is finally getting on its bike.

A statement from the legendary rockband Queen said the film, written by award-winning New Zealand author Anthony McCarten, will go ahead after years of speculation and controversy.

X-Men director Bryan Singer has now picked up the project.

Bryan Singer, director of X-Men, is now taking on the movie depicting the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Bryan Singer, director of X-Men, is now taking on the movie depicting the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

He's cast Rami Malek (Night at the Museum) to play the lead role of the iconic Freddie Mercury.

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"Who could imagine a more perfect fit than this brilliant actor?" the statement read.

Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in the up and coming  biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
MIKE BLAKE

Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in the up and coming biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Queen rockman Brian May and Singer, who together are the film's executive music producers, said in a the joint statement: "Rami has great presence and he's utterly dedicated to the project. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful."

The film is now looking for film extras - male or female with 70s or 80s hairstyles in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody kept stumbling because it was unable to tie down a dedicated director.

BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award nominee, Anthony McCarten wrote the script for 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
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BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award nominee, Anthony McCarten wrote the script for 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Borat) dropped out of the role in 2013 because because the surviving members of Queen wanted a substantial part of the film to focus on them, he told US radio host Howard Stern.

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Pre-production began this week in the United Kingdom to prepare for the start of principal photography in London by mid-September. 

McCarten wrote the award-winning The Theory of Everything and Death of a Superhero.

Another film he wrote, Darkest Hour, a story on the life of Winston Churchill, is due out in November and stars Baby Driver's Lily James.

Of Bohemian Rhapsody, McCarten said it was a "lovely project".

"Most of it was talking to the band. They had the best stories and very little had to be invented because of how extraordinary the journey had been for them," he said.

May said it was a "really, really great script".

 - Stuff

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