“Game of Thrones” star Aidan Gillen has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Twentieth Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films announced Tuesday.
Gillen will play John Reid, who served as manager of Mercury’s band Queen from 1975 to 1978. Also joining the cast is Tom Hollander, who will play Jim Beach, who took over as manager in 1978.
Rami Malek stars as the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He is joined by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello and Lucy Boynton.
The movie will follow Queen from the band’s inception in 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until Mercury’s famous 1985 performance at the Live Aid benefit concert.
Malek joined the long-gestating project from producer Graham King of GK Films last November, following Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw, who had both previously been attached to play the flamboyant pop star.
Justin Haythe (“Red Sparrow”) penned the script with King, Beach and Singer producing. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane
Rosenthal are executive producers.
Gillen is best known for portraying Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
His other recent credits include “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Peaky Blinders.” He will next star in “James and Lucia.”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.