Rami Malek, the Emmy-winning star of one of the most terrifyingly relevant shows on TV, is currently gearing up for his role in the hotly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic. The long-in-development film about the late Queen frontman, awesomely entitled Bohemian Rhapsody, will be directed by X-Men vet Bryan Singer. So how's Malek prepping for his biggest post-Robot role? As he told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday, the pressure is definitely on.
"I love that music," Malek said when asked how the film is coming together. "Who doesn't know that music? Of course I have to prepare. [He's] one of the most iconic characters, musicians…anybody in human history, for that matter. And the band is working on the film as well." Though Malek hasn't met the Queen dudes just yet, he said he's flying to London for a hang very soon.
The biopic, as Deadline reported last month, has been in various stages of development for eight years. The most recent version of the script was penned by The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten, with original producers Graham King and GK Films also on board for what we hope is the final incarnation of this movie. As Malek mentioned on Kimmel on Tuesday shortly before trying on a Freddie-esque fake mustache, OG Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May will serve as music producers.
Though Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to start shooting early next year, a release date has not been confirmed. You know what else is going down in 2017? New Mr. Robot. Prepare accordingly.