Now, director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) is hoping to do it again with a second set photo of the Emmy-winning Malek in the coveted role. If you look closely, you'll catch a glimpse of Mercury's signature mustache.
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Queen mega-fan Taylor Hawkins gave Radio X their exclusive reaction to leaked footage of Malek's take on that famous Live Aid performance.
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 Mercury. Malek is seen playing the part by mimicking Mercury's body language as he heads on stage and punching the air to hype up the crowd.
The biopic will cover Queen's start in the 1970s through the Live Aid concert - six years before Mercury passed away from AIDS complications.
Joining the Mr. Robot star in front of the camera will be Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello and Lucy Boynton.
There are few people in music history as recognizable as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury - and not just his face, but his four-octave voice and flamboyant physicality.
Bohemian Rhapsody is due out on December 25, 2018. The two were responsible for choosing Singer to direct the film due to his "extraordinary imagination and style", reported effect of Sound.