The first full-length trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has finally arrived, with Mr Robot star Rami Malek starring as the enigmatic Freddie Mercury. The project had ran into a fair few issues with both director and leading man changing at one point, but if nothing else Malek’s resemblance to Mercury is uncanny!
Bohemian Rhapsody was initially announced as far back at 2010, but ‘creative differences’ led to original Mercury, Sacha Baron Cohen, leaving the project in 2013. The film’s original director, Bryan Singer, was also replaced by Eddie the Eagle filmmaker, Dexter Fletcher. But at long last we’ve got a trailer with Malek giving it his best ‘EH OH!’
Unsurprisingly the trailer’s soundtrack is killer (Queen) with snippets from plenty of hits intertwined with dialogue around the release of Bohemian Rhapsody. We see the band’s manager questioning the song’s six-minute length and Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee) looking surprised when Mercury tells him there’s an operatic section in the song.
The film recreates the Live Aid concert in 1985 too, with Ben Hardy playing Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon played by Joseph Mazzello. The film also stars Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, and even Austin Powers himself, Mike Myers.
What is worth noting, however, is that the trailer doesn’t focus at all on Mercury’s sexuality or his battle with AIDs. While it shouldn’t be too surprising given Baron Cohen had previously stated that the surviving members of Queen wanted to tone down the film “to protect their legacy as a band,” it does seem a little strange.
Then again, Brian May and Roger Taylor are both producing the film and there has been speculation Baron Cohen had wanted the film to tackle more adult themes, while the Queen duo wanted something more family friendly. This should raise alarm bells as it’s always more interesting to see real issues tackled, otherwise we may all just as well watch a live concert DVD.
It’ll be interesting to see the first reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody and whether they do indeed deal with some of Mercury’s baggage. But we’ll have to wait until the film opens in the UK on 24th October 2018. Check out the full trailer below.