Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic starring Mr. Robot star Rami Malek in the role of iconic frontman, is finally set to hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018, which charts the rise of legendary rock band Queen and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, one of the most iconic musicians of the modern era, will be the focal point of the upcoming band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
The film follows the band’s meteoric rise, charts their near-implosion, and climaxes with their unforgettable performance at Live Aid
The film will of course place a special emphasis on Mercury, and this trailer gives us the best look so far, Watch it below.
The trailer presents lots of recreated concert footage — with vintage costumes and equipment, ranging from the group’s glam-influenced beginnings to Mercury’s ballet-tutu outfits of the late ‘70s and his more butch wardrobe from the ‘80s — along with several key moments from their career, including the band’s skepticism while recording Bohemian Rhapsody
The film was written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) and focuses on a 15-year period from the formation of Queen and up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before Mercury’s death.
This is a project that has been in the works for years, with a number of different actors and filmmakers attached, so it’s a miracle the film is even finished. After the smashing success of The Greatest Showman last year, it’s clear Fox won’t be running away from the musical aspects of this film at all.The biopic was first announced in 2010, with Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen set to play Mercury. Cohen left the film in 2013 over creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. He wanted the film to explore the more salacious details of Mercury’s life, while the band wanted to make a more family-friendly movie.
*The other members of Queen are portrayed by Ben Hardy (drummer Roger Taylor), Gwilym Lee (guitarist Brian May), and Joseph Mazzello (bassist John Deacon). Allen Leech, Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, and Mike Myers also appear in supporting roles
The Bohemian Rhapsody trailer is currently the top trending video on YouTube and has garnered more than 3.9 million views since coming out yesterday.