Mike Myers In Talks To Join Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Comedian Mike Myers has had a long and successful career with a memorable stint on Saturday Night Live and his tremendously influential Austin Powers films. But his career really took off after his 1992 film Wayne's World , which opened with Myers and co-star Dana Carvey rocking out to the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody." Now, Myers is about to come full circle with a role in a new film about Queen called, unsurprisingly, Bohemian Rhapsody .
The film, from director Bryan Singer ( X-Men: Apocalypse ), features Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Queen's lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
The rest of the cast is made up of mostly unknowns, including Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May, and Jurassic Park 's Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon.
Downton Abbey star Allen Leech will play Mercury's manager, Paul Prenter, with Lucy Boyton as Mercury's longtime muse, Mary Austin.
There's no word yet on what role Myers will play, though there are still plenty of parts to be cast in the film, which is currently filming in and around London, England.
A film about Queen has been in the works since at least 2010 and has gone through numerous cast and director changes over the years.
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to play Mercury before departing when May expressed concern that his prior roles in films like Borat and Bruno would distract from the film.
This will be a rare non-comedic performance from Myers, but he has played it straight a few times before in the films 54 and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds .
Myers has kept a low profile since his 2008 flop The Love Guru , making only small appearances in documentaries and voiceover roles. He's currently appearing in deep cover with makeup and a British accent as host Tommy Maitland on ABC's reboot of The Gong Show .