Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? The first official, full-length trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has finally been released, and it feels like forever since production of the film began in 2017. Since day one, there have been trials and tribulations, feuds, drama, and tears among cast and crew, but the film is finally set to hit theatres on November 2, and it’s going to rock us to a whole new level.
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and will document Queen’s rise to fame throughout the 15-year period between their formation until their iconic performance at London’s Wembley Stadium for Live Aid 1985. Alongside Malek, the film also stars Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon), and Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor). Bop along to trailer below.
The trailer includes the band’s iconic hits such as “We Will Rock You,” and after one member states that they “need to get experimental” so get radio play, they’re seen recording “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Although the trailer focuses on the whirlwind rise of Queen, it also shines a light upon the personal life and sexuality of Freddie Mercury. We first see Mercury cozying up to his girlfriend Mary Austin, as well as numerous soul-stirring moments that he exchanges with male lovers. Although the film does not depict the moment, his personal life was what ultimately led to the singer’s AIDS-related death in 1991. It will be interesting to watch how the film will touch upon this emotional subject, but if anyone is able to portray Mercury enduring such an austere experience, Malek is the man to do it.
The film was written by Anthony McCarten and originally directed by Bryan Singer, but Singer was fired towards the end of production 2017 and replaced by Dexter Fletcher.
Bohemian Rhapsody is set to hit theatres on November 2, 2018.