Bohemian Rhapsody is the tale of Freddie Mercury (portrayed by Rami Malek), the glamorous, tragic figure who was the front man for the band Queen. Rami is joined by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech and Lucy Boynton in the film which looks at the band’s music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury who shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
Freddie Mercury, the legendary singer whose famous four-octave vocal range was something that few popular singers could achieve had an amazing career that was tragically cut short after he contracted AIDS in 1987. He died from complications from the disease just four years later.
The movie chronicles Queen from their inception in 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, through the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before Mercury’s death. Notably, however, it doesn’t chronicle any of Mercury’s struggle with HIV and AIDS. The film is a celebration of the band and the 1980s. May — who is heavily in involved in the production of the film alongside Taylor — has also reportedly been adamant on preserving Queen’s legacy.
That was reportedly the reason that original star Sacha Baron Cohen exited the project, which he had been attached to since 2010. Malek eventually signed on to play Mercury in 2015 — though the production would later run into trouble when director Bryan Singer was fired for a poor work ethic and wildly unprofessional behavior. The film ended up being directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Here is the first trailer for the film:
Here is the synopsis for Bohemian Rhapsody:
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. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Bohemian Rhapsody is finally opening in theaters on November 2, 2018. The show must go on.