After all the negative press surrounding the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s good to see that it doesn’t seem to have had too much of an impact on the quality of the film.
Years of false starts on the project threw its future into disarray – an early version had Sacha Baron Cohen at the helm, before he ditched the gig over creative differences with Queen; then X-Men director Bryan Singer began filming, before he was fired after conflict with his lead actor, as well as a string of “unexplained absences.” Thankfully, Singer was quickly replaced by Dexter Fletcher (who was supposed to direct a different version of the film years earlier) and things quietened down after that, leading many to hope that the film’s troubles were finally over.
From the looks of the first official trailer, we had nothing to worry about, as Bohemian Rhapsody looks pretty good, and Rami Malek looks incredible as frontman Freddie Mercury – and we can all agree that no matter what, the music is sensational.
The official 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. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.”
Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release on October 24th in the UK, and November 2nd in the US.