The first trailer of the biopic on the British band Queen and legendary frontman Freddie Mercury was released on Tuesday. Starring Rami Malek as the Zanzibar-born Parsi singer (real name Farrokh Bulsara), the movie will be released on October 24.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been in the making for the past few years. Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast as Mercury, but he left the project in 2013. Director Bryan Singer was fired from the production after staying away from the sets for long periods, and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.
The trailer is a rapidly edited montage of the band’s early years, the high-energy Mercury’s concert performances, and the making of the rock anthem that has given the film its title.
The official synopsis: “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.”