The first look at the new Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody: The Movie, is here. In the film, Rami Malek, best known for his role in Mr. Robot, steps into the shoes of Freddie Mercury, the charismatic and uber-talented frontman of the band. The film follows the bands ascent into stardom, all the way up until their 1985 performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid. Six years later, Mercury died of complications with AIDS.
The film has been mired in controversy and change ups. First and foremost, Queen bandmembers Brian May and Roger Taylor are serving as executive editors and made clear that the film would touch only on the “fabulous Queen years,” effectively omitting Mercury’s battle with aids. Many assumed this choice would cover up Mercury’s homosexuality, too, but the trailer suggests otherwise. Originally, Sasha Baron Cohen was tapped to play the lead, and Brian Singer was replaced with Dexter Fletcher after the former was accused of sexual assault.
Bohemian Rhapsody: The Movie hits theaters this November.