MR. ROBOT Star to Play Freddie Mercury in Queen Biopic

Rami Malek, best known for his role as Elliot Anderson in the hit drama series ‘Mr. Robot,’ has been tapped to portray late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

Penned by ‘The Theory Of Everything’ scribe Anthony McCarten, the film focus on Queen’s formative years; leading up to the British rock band’s heralded appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Mercury died of complications from AIDS in 1991.

Bryan Singer (‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’) is in talks to direct the film, with Graham King’s GK Films, Jim Beach and Denis O’Sullivan producing. Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will serve as music producers.

This is Hollywood’s latest attempt to bring the legendary band’s story to the big screen. Previous incarnations had the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw attached to play Mercury, but creative differences stalled those projects.