The story of Queen is coming to the big screen in Bohemian Rhapsody which sees Rami Malek play Freddie Mercury. Check out the new trailer here.
Playing Freddie Mercury is no easy feat, which is probably why we haven’t seen anyone do it before now. The man was such an icon, such a musical genius. It’s no wonder that actors stayed well away from the role, that is, until now. Remi Malek, of Mr. Robot fame, will be Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. We’ve already seen a few photos of him in character, and he certainly looked the part, but we hadn’t seen his depiction of Mercury in action. Until now that is, in the film’s very first trailer
This film’s been in what some might call production hell ever since its conception back in 2010. To begin with, Sasha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Mercury, but he stepped down due to ‘creative differences’. It was later revealed that Cohen wanted the movie to be more adult-orientated whereas the band felt a more family-friendly approach would be best. Then Malek was brought in to play the lead, and Dexter Fletcher was set to direct, and all was full-steam ahead. But then Dexter left the project, and the whole thing was back to square one.
Finally, Bryan Singer was hired to direct the movie, but he was forced to take a step back due to the ongoing sexual assault claims being made against him. We later learned that Fletcher was brought back to finish the film with two weeks of reshoots. There was also a time after Cohen’s exit from the project that Ben Wishaw was attached to play Mercury, but he eventually distanced himself from the project due to scripting problems.
So, the bottom line is that Bohemian Rhapsody’s production hasn’t been an easy one. That said, the film is coming out in October later this year, and I for one am looking forward to seeing Malek’s take on Mercury, as well as learning more about one of the world’s most iconic bands and front men.
Bohemian Rhapsody is coming to UK cinemas on October 24th. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know in the comments below.