After Years In Production The Queen Biopic Is Finally Coming Out
The first trailer for the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been released at long last.
The film has been in the pipeline since about 2010, but now we can finally get a first look at Mr Robot‘s Remi Malik in the role of Freddie Mercury, the larger-than-life lead singer of the band.
The trailer has been made available on the internet after a short teaser trailer was released on Monday on Queen’s official YouTube channel.
Malik wasn’t the original actor in line to play the flamboyant frontman Mercury, who died in 1991. Sasha Baron Cohen had been down to take on the role, but left the project because of ‘creative differences’ back in 2013. Queen’s bandmate Brian May called him ‘an arse’ in the aftermath.
They’ve also had directorial drama too. X-Men director Brian Singer was sacked from his position behind the camera for taking too much time off for his health. Instead, the job went to Dexter Fletcher who directed 2017’s Eddie the Eagle.
The film will be released later this year on 24 October in the UK. It is scheduled to come out slightly later on 1 November in the USA.
The film’s officially released synopsis reads: “Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
“The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.”
The trailer features a mash-up of some of Queen’s greatest hits, including ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘We Will Rock You’, and – of course – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
The graphics during the short trailer include the words “The only thing more extraordinary than their music, is his story”.
Alongside Malik, the film will also star Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leach, and Lucy Boynton.
The surviving members of Queen, along with their manager Jim Beach, and – for whatever reason – Robert De Niro, are given executive producer credits.
Queen formed in London in 1970 and went on to become one of the biggest selling acts of all time. Only The Beatles have had more top 10 hits in the UK.
The title song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ spent 14 weeks at number one after being released and has become the third highest selling single in the UK, behind Elton John’s ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind’ – released in the wake of Princess Diana’s death, and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – on which Mercury also featured.