Rising star Lucy Boynton has signed on for Bryan Singer’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Rami Malek already is attached to portray legendary frontman Freddie Mercury while Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee are playing the other band members, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May, respectively.
Boynton will play Freddie Mercury’s lifelong companion, Mary Austin. While they lived together in London for several years, he later had relationships with male lovers, and told Austin of his homosexuality. Austin and Mercury remained friends. He wrote several songs about Austin, including “Love of My Life.”
Graham King’s GK Films banner is producing for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Revolutionary Road) penned the script with King, Jim Beach and Singer producing. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane Rosenthal are executive producers. Kira Goldberg is overseeing the project for Fox.
The production start date is scheduled for September. The film is slated for U.S. release on Dec. 25, 2018.
Boynton was recently seen in another music-themed film, the critically acclaimed Sing Street. She will soon be seen in IFC’s Rebel in the Rye and FOX’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as Apostle, which she recently completed lensing on. She is repped by CAA and United Agents.