Rami Malek Almost Reprised His Role as Freddie Mercury in ROCKETMAN
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher recently talked a little bit about his Elton John biopic and he revealed that there was a point during the development where they wanted to bring Rami Malek back to reprise his role as Freddie Mercury for a scene in the film.
Here’s the explanation from Fletcher and why it ultimately didn’t happen:
“There was an idea I had one point, where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought John Reid and Freddie could be at another table and they wave at each other! That would have been amazing, [but] it didn’t come to pass. It would’ve been a little too knowing…I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe!”
John and Mercury definitely knew each other and hung out. The two musical talents were actually managed by the same person… John Reid. Richard Madden played Reid in Rocketman and Aiden Gillan played the character in Bohemian Rhapsody. Each film showed two very different versions of this guy.
While it would have been fun to see Malek’s Mercury in Rocketman, the movie didn’t really need it.
Source: Gay Star News