Lambert, who rose to fame on US talent show American Idol before finding success as a solo artist, has been the touring frontman of Queen and replacement of Freddie Mercury with the band since 2011. During that period, Brian May has spent the last four years working on the film about Mercury’s life. Several actors were rumoured and involved before ‘Mr Robot’ star Rami Malek landed the lead role, and ‘The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer is set to direct.
Asked if he ever considered playing the role of Mercury in the film, Lambert told NME: “No, I don’t think I would be able up for taking that one. I mean, that’s a whole other level. I really love singing the songs that Freddie sang on stage, but I also approach it by doing it as me. I don’t know if I would be able to impersonate Freddie.
“I’m really excited about the guy that they’ve cast in the role for the film – he’s amazing. The gentlemen from Mr Robot, Rami Malek.”
Lambert continued: “I thinks he’s gonna be amazing and I’m friendly with Bryan Singer, the director. I got the chance to chitchat about the band, his experience as a fan of the band, and my experience as sort of a guest member over some beers. Brian is so incredible as ta director and so passionate about this project. He and Rami are both so excited, so I’m just excited to see what they do together. I can’t wait.”
The Freddie Mercury biopic project has been subject to many rumours and stumbling blocks. Daniel Radcliffe was once believed to be playing the flamboyant frontman but said that he was ‘completely wrong for the part‘. Then, it emerged that ‘Borat’ and ‘Ali G’ star Sacha Baron Cohen was involved but had to pull out over disagreements with Brian May.
Lambert also told NME that he would love the opportunity to sing for Led Zeppelin, as well as slamming Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office and responding to rumours that he and Queen could headline Glastonbury‘s 50th anniversary in 2020.
Queen’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
Sun November 26 2017 – BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast
Tue November 28 2017 – LIVERPOOL Liverpool Echo Arena
Thu November 30 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Fri December 01 2017 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Sun December 03 2017 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tue December 05 2017 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Wed December 06 2017 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Fri December 08 2017 – SHEFFIELD Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Sat December 09 2017 – MANCHESTER Arena
Tue December 12 2017 – LONDON O2 Arena
Wed December 13 2017 – LONDON O2 Arena
Fri December 15 2017 – LONDON SSE Arena Wembley