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Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and more join cast for Queen biopic
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Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and more join cast for Queen biopic

Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Lucy Boynton have joined the cast for the forthcoming Queen biopic.

The movie, which is to be titled Bohemian Rhapsody, is currently filming in London and is due in cinemas in December next year. 

Mr. Robot star Rami Malek leads the way as Freddie Mercury, starring along himself as the band are Men: Apocalypse star Ben Hardy, The Social Network's Joe Mazzello and Jamestown's Gwilym Lee. Hardy will play drummer Roger Taylor, Mazello is bassist John Deacon and Lee portraying big-haired axeman Brian May. 

Gillen will be playing John Reid, who managed the band from 1975 until 1978, he then hands on to Hollander, who plays Jim Beach, the man who would manage the rest of their career. Lucy Boynton will be Mercury's longtime companion Mary Austin, while Shameless star Aaron McCusker has the role of Mercury's lover, Jim Hutton.

The movie will be directed by Bryan Singer with A Cure For Wellness writer Justin Haythe supplying the script. The film will have full access to the Queen back catalogue, with a large-scale scene around the band's 1985 performance at Live Aid planned to be one of the movie's centrepieces. 

Malek took the role of Mercury after the departure of Sacha Baron Cohen from the production after disagreements over the script. Baron Cohen had previously taken over from Ben Whishaw, who was the first actor to be attached to the movie. 

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