Mr. Robot star Rami Malek could have himself one hell of an acting showcase in Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-awaited biopic that sees him playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
A foot-stomping new trailer has arrived for the film, which traces the rise of the legendary band and Mercury’s career, culminating in the group’s incredible Live Aid performance. Queen music can elevate almost any footage, but this does look quite good. Malek appears to be an inspired choice, and there’s a slick, energetic tone that could make this a rousing experience for the many, many Queen fans out there. Hopefully we get some depth when it comes to the characterisation of Mercury and his band mates, as opposed to one of those biopics that serves a compilation of the person’s ‘key moments’. Fingers firmly crossed.
It’ll be interesting to see how the film fares following the behind-the-scenes drama. Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) was essentially fired with only 2 week left of the production; among the rumours was that he and Malek clashed repeatedly. Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) was brought on to finish the film, although Singer still ends up with the directing credit.
Bohemian Rhapsody, also starring Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers, arrives in Australia on November 1st and hits the US on November 2nd.
Official synopsis for Bohemian Rhapsody:
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie 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. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.