Allen Leech is the latest addition to the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody, the new movie about British rock band Queen.
The 36-year-old Irish actor, best known for playing Tom Branson in all six seasons of Downton Abbey, will take the role of Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s personal manager, Paul Prenter.
Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) from a script by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), the movie begins filming this autumn.
Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders) as lead guitarist Brian May, and Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park) as bass guitarist John “Deacy” Deacon.
Allen Leech’s character, Paul Prenter, was employed by Freddie Mercury for nine years and wielded great influence until he was fired in 1986 after selling stories to UK newspapers about the lead singer’s lifestyle and how his former lovers were dying of AIDS.
Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in US cinemas on December 25, 2018.
Following endless rumours and false starts, the news that Downton Abbey fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.
Speaking to press on the red carpet for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in Singapore yesterday, the president of NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed that the period drama’s long-awaited movie spin-off is officially happening.
The Downton Abbey movie will begin filming in early 2018 and is expected to arrive in cinemas later next year.
Michael Edelstein told The AP: “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time.
“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”
The movie’s production has been rumoured since 2015.
Downton Abbey concluded on Masterpiece on PBS in 2016 after six seasons and writer Julian Fellowes has claimed that “most of the cast are up for [the movie].”
Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose Aldridge, has been chatting about her potential involvement in the Downton Abbey film.