It’s been a long road for Bohemian Rhapsody to make it the big screen. For years, the project remained in development with Sacha Baron Cohen attached as the Queen frontman, only for the project to collapse over creative differences. Then, finally, the film was set to go before camera’s with Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek starring as Freddy Mercury and X-Men director Bryan Singer behind the camera. It was only a matter of time before some complications arrived. Singer was fired after disappearing from the set and replaced by Eddie the Eagle‘s Dexter Fletcher. Today brings the first teaser for the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic. 20th Century Fox will be rockin’ audiences with Bohemian Rhapsody when it opens nationwide on November 2, 2018.
In the brief teaser, Rami Malek should assuage any doubts about his likeness to the legendary Queen singer. The teaser plays out like a medley of Queen’s greatest hits with just a handful of small scenes that hopefully hint at a film willing to step away from the standard rock biopic formula. Co-starring with Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody are Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, I’m sure various arbitration cases are underway to see who gets the final directing credit for the film written by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan.
Bohemian Rhapsody lands in theaters on November 2, 2018.
The official synopsis for Bohemian Rhapsody:
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.