11th June 1977: Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991), lead singer of 70s hard rock quartet Queen, finishing the group's UK tour with two sell-out concerts at London's Earls Court. All proceeds from these shows go to the HRH The Queen's Silver Jubilee appeal. (Photo by Gary Merrin/Keystone/Getty Images)

When I heard Rami Malek would be playing Freddie Mercury in the new movie chronicling Queen, I wasn’t quite sure he could pull it off. I mean, who could?

Then I saw this picture. The movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, comes out Christmas day.

Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' first look

There are few people in music history as recognizable as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury - and not just his face, but his four-octave voice and flamboyant physicality. Rami Malek is well aware of that fact.