Rami Malek Transforms Into Freddie Mercury in First Look at 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Film

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Freddie Mercury of Queen performs in Oakland, Calif. 

The reveal comes on what would have been the Queen singer's 71st birthday.

Rami Malek is bringing iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury back to life in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and it appears the Mr. Robot star will completely transform his look to fit the part, rocking the gaudy outfits and animated persona for which the singer was known. 

The film, which comes out Dec. 25, 2018, documents the British rock band's formation in 1970 up to Mercury's AIDS-related death in 1991. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Malek recalls his first time seeing himself in fulll hair and makeup. “When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment," he says.  

While honoring Freddie's dark story and resonant voice remains a central part of the film, Malek says that that the mere resemblance to Mercury has huge importance. "Resembling the legendary musician," he says, “only adds to the level of confidence that one would need to play Freddie Mercury."

To celebrate what would have been Mercury's 71st birthday, Bohemian Rhapsody shared a first look at Malek in costume. Check it out below.