Queen Has 'One Shot' with Freddie Mercury Biopic, Brian May Says

Queen guitarist Brian May says the Freddie Mercury biopic that's finally coming to fruition after years in production limbo represents the band's "one shot" at telling its late-frontman's life story.

May tells Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview that the film is a crucial undertaking for Queen "because it's Freddie's life, so we get one shot at doing him justice, and doing it honestly and transparently."

He continued, "But it's also our lives. It's a lot of our lives in there, which is kind of daunting. You're looking at yourself being portrayed on screen, which is a lot to swallow. We have a fantastic team..."

The film will be called Bohemian Rhapsody, and it recently announced its cast with Mr. Robot's Rami Malek getting the lead role as Mercury. Malek will be supported by Gwilym Lee (as May), Ben Hardy (as drummer Roger Taylor) and Joe Mazello (as bassist John Deacon).

"It's been at least seven years that we've been wrestling with this stuff," he says. "Now the button is pressed and everything is in operation. It's incredible."

The film is slated for a 2018 release.

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