Rami Malek Is The Spitting Image Of Freddie Mercury In First Trailer For Bohemian Rhapsody
The Queen biopic will rock you.
The long-awaited biopic of Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody has its first teaser trailer featuring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as one hell of a doppleganger for the band's frontman Freddie Mercury.
The official synopsis describes the film as "a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury".
The film looks visually incredible, with Malek embodying Mercury's stage presence and physicality perfectly, but the project itself has seen its fair share of difficulties, even before its release.
Initially Borat's Sasha Baron Cohen was signed on to play Mercury, but left the project after clashing with producers Brian May and Roger Taylor, two of Mercury's bandmates.
May and Taylor reportedly wanted to shift the focus of the film away from Mercury's life and more toward the band itself.
Referring to the rockers' influence on the script Cohen said, "The problem is with any biopic… if you’re in control of your rights to your life story, why wouldn’t you depict yourself as great as possible?"
There were also rumblings that the film wouldn't make mention of Mercury's personal life as a bisexual man and one of the most high-profile men to suffer with AIDS -- AIDS-related pneumonia eventually taking his life in 1991.
The project also hit another stumbling block with director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the project in December 2017. Singer reportedly failed to show up on set repeatedly, leading the studio to fire him and replace him with Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.
It's still early days, of course, and any concerns with how the film will depict Mercury's sexuality and struggles with AIDS will come to light as the film gets closer to release.
The film stars Malek alongside Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.
Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to open in cinemas on November 1.
Featured image: 20th Century Fox.