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How Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury Was Almost in 'Rocketman'

Marvel movies are known for their incredibly broad universe and how the films cross pollinate where stars of the X Men movies might make cameos in an Avengers or Spider-Man movie and so forth.

Well, you don’t typically think that would happen in a rock and roll biopic, but it almost did in the new Elton John film Rocketman.

Where Rami Malek nearly showed up as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, a role that had earned him an Oscar in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The moment was possible, because of director Dexter Fletcher, who was called in to replace Bryan Singer after he was fired midway through the shooting of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Dexter also ended up getting hired to helm Rocketman and tells Gay Star News:

"I had an idea at one point where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought Freddie could be at another table and they’d wave at each other. It would have been amazing, but it didn’t come to pass. It would’ve been a little too knowing I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe."

Rocketman is out now.

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