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The long-gestating Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally going ahead.

In a post on their official website, the band confirmed that pre-production will begin this week with filming due to start in London as soon as September.

As previously revealed, X-Men director Bryan Singer will helm the movie with Mr Robot star Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury.

Heaping praise on Bryan Singer, the band wrote: “(Bryan is) a perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film.”

Rami Malek © PA Images

Roger Taylor and Brian May said of Rami Malek: “Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”

The band are currently staying tight-lipped about who will be playing Roger, Brian and John, but they have revealed that Roger and Brian will serve as executive producers on the movie.

Way back in September 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was originally confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in the film but he dropped out in July 2013 citing “creative differences” between himself and the band.

Dominic Cooper was later rumoured to play Freddie, however this never materialised.

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