The first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, premiered yesterday. Honestly, I couldn’t help but sing along. When was the last time a trailer did that? I can’t remember, but it was awesome.
The trailer puts Queen’s music and Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, front and center. And it’s wonderful. Quite frankly, it should give fans everywhere chills. Take a look:
Some Thoughts About ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Anyone who’s a big fan of Queen and aware of this film knows that it has been almost a decade in the making. It hasn’t been an easy project. The film was first announced in 2010 and the surviving members of the band have worked closely with the studio throughout production. They made it clear they wanted it to be a Queen biopic, not an exclusively Freddie Mercury movie.
There were problems from the beginning, though. For example, originally Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Freddie Mercury. Needless to say, this raised a few eyebrows. Coming hot off the heels of Borat and Bruno, there were legitimate questions about whether or not Sacha Baron Cohen was the right choice. Eventually, he left the project. Then, Ben Whishaw was slated to replace Cohen. That eventually fell through too.
It wasn’t until 2016 that things finally came together. And, if the trailer is any indication, they’ve come together quite well. The director chose Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Mercury. I have to say, it looks like Malek absolutely nails the role. He’s got the mannerisms, style, and attitude down perfectly. He has successfully embodied Freddie Mercury.
Also, the trailer itself is just plain fun. First, the tone is incredibly upbeat (music pun intended). Second, the trailer is full of Queen’s greatest hits, which is hard not to love. Finally, and most importantly, it’s colorful and it absolutely oozes the style of the group and the 70s music scene. If the movie is anything like the trailer, it will be a total blast.
Are you geeks looking forward to the biopic? Let us know in the comments!