Rising star Lucy Boynton has been confirmed for the role of Freddie Mercury’s lifelong companion, Mary Austin, in the forthcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Mercury reputedly wrote several songs about Austin, including ‘Love Of My Life’.
As previously announced on uDiscover, Rami Malek has already on board to portray Queen’s 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.
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, while Jim Beach and director Bryan Singer are producing. Denis O'Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane Rosenthal are executive producers. Kira Goldberg is overseeing the project for Fox.
The production start date for Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled for September 2017. The film is slated for U.S. release on 25 December 2018.
British-born Lucy 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 playing the Countess Andrenyi in the new Kenneth Branagh-directed interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express in which she stars alongside Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe and Daisy Ridley.
Boynton has already enjoyed a variety of roles across film and TV since 2006, when she made her screen debut playing the young Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter. She went on to play the character Posy Fossil in the 2007 BBC film Ballet Shoes; appeared as Margaret Dashwood in the serialised BBC adaptation of Sense And Sensibility in 2011 and has since appeared in ITV detective drama Lewis.
Also in relation to Bohemian Rhapsody, the band’s website, QueenOnline have revealed that Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) has been confirmed as taking the role of Freddie’s personal manager, Paul Prenter.