Rami Malek Slays As Freddie Mercury In New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Trailer
He is the champion, my friends.
“Here’s a man that would sing ‘We Are The Champions’ in an arena to thousands of people and they’re all singing it back to him,” Malek told Rolling Stone of the frontman.
“His ability to unify people, no matter who they are, was so far ahead of it’s time. I can’t think of anyone else that was capable of that.”
Malek is best known for his role as computer hacker Elliot Alderson in the cult-hit drama Mr Robot, which has won him a Critics' Choice Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and TCA Award nominations.
The film also stars Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Gwilym Lee (Brian May) and Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon), and will explore the band’s rise to fame up until their show at London’s Wembley Arena for Live Aid 1985, which is often cited as their best ever performance.
The initial trailer that dropped back in May was met with mixed responses, with some -- including Hannibal TV series creator Bryan Fuller -- accusing producers of “heterosexual-washing” Mercury’s story.
The film encountered a number of hurdles during its production, including the firing of Bryan Singer as director for abandoning the London set, as well as the loss of Sacha Baron Cohen as its original star over disagreements with Queen over how the film would portray the more scandalous aspects of Mercury’s life.
"There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury,” Cohen told The Howard Stern Show. “The guy was wild. I mean he was living an extreme lifestyle. There are stories of… little people with plates with cocaine on their heads walking around a party.”
“At the end of the day it really was an artistic difference,” he added.
Fans, however, have praised the films latest trailer, which acknowledges the fact that Mercury was bisexual, with Malek's character seen having an intimate moment with another man in his dressing room, and later telling his bandmate, "Roger, there’s only room in this band for one hysterical queen”.
The trailer also vaguely alludes to the singer's AIDS diagnosis, with the band pleading with Mercury to "slow down," and his character quietly wondering, "What if I don't have time?"
Judging by what we've seen of Malek’s performance as the ostentatious Mercury, fans of the iconic group look to be in for a treat when the flick drops in Aussie cinemas November 1st.
Feature image: 20th Century Fox