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Rami Malek to Win Even More Hearts as Freddie Mercury in the Queen Biopic

Egyptian-American ‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek has been cast as Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming Queen biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Rami Malek, you know, the Rami Malek that won an Emmy, and our hearts, for his starring role on the USA Network drama Mr. Robot, has his first big post-Emmy role confirmed. The Egyptian-American actor is attached to star as Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming Queen biopic, currently titled Bohemian Rhapsody.

Director Bryan Singer, you know, the Bryan Singer who directed a bunch of the X-Men movies and has a history of sexual abuse allegations (that have since been dropped), is in talks to direct. Singer appears to have confirmed Malek’s and perhaps his own involvement in an Instagram post on Friday.

A Freddie Mercury biopic has been in the works for what seems like forever. (It’s actually been eight years.) Now in development by 20th Century Fox, the film was originally a Sony project, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to play Mercury. Da Ali G comedian walked away from the role in July 2013 over creative differences with the band. According to Baron Cohen, the surviving members of Queen were more interested in protecting their own legacy and wanted a substantial portion of the film to focus on them. The band’s drummer, Roger Taylor, has said Baron Cohen was let go because Queen didn’t want the biopic “to be a joke,” while Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, said the Borat star was “too recognizable” to play Mercury.

The project was revived again in December 2013 with English actor Ben Whishaw as Mercury and Dexter Fletcher directing, but this too fell apart due to creative issues.

Whatever the case, the movie is back on track with a new script penned by The Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2017, Deadline reports.

It’s worth noting that Mercury himself has origins on the Continent. The late Queen legend was born to Indian Zoroastrians parents in Zanzibar’s capital city, Stone Town, and grew up between Stone Town and India until his mid-teens, when his family permanently relocated to the UK.

Will the project actually come to full fruition this time? Will we in fact get to see Elliot Alderson don Mercury's signature mustache? Only time will tell...

In the meantime, revisit the historic moment in which Malek became the first Egyptian-American to win an Emmy acting award this past September.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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