Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Picture: Fox
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Picture: Fox

First look at Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic

QUEEN fans are set for a detailed look into the life of frontman Freddie Mercury with the announcement of the long-awaited biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The film is to be released on November 1 and stars Mr Robot's Rami Malek as Mercury.

A teaser dropped on Queen's official Youtube channel first alerted viewers to the release, but 20th Century Fox has since followed up with a full-length trailer.

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Borat funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen was originally supposed to play the role of the lead singer, but pulled out citing creative differences with Queen's band members.

Lead guitarist Brian May later labelled Cohen "an arse", and said Cohen had lied about the band's desire to make the story PG-rated.

"We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas, but he went off and told untruths about what happened," Variety reported May as saying in 2016.

The film, which will be released 27 years after the death of Mercury, is described as a celebration of Queen and their music.

 

Freddie Mercury, lead singer with band Queen performing at Wembley Stadium for |Live Aid| concert (Picture: Universal Pictorial
Freddie Mercury, lead singer with band Queen performing at Wembley Stadium for |Live Aid| concert (Picture: Universal Pictorial

The synopsis states the film will explore the life of Freddie Mercury, who "defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet".

It's unknown how it will delve into some of Mercury's more sensitive matters, such as his realisation he was gay and his battle with AIDS.

The film is believed to have been in production since at least 2010.

Embattled director Bryan Singer was originally at the helm before he was sacked in late 2017.



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