TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 17, 2018
Arguably the greatest male vocalist of all time, Freddie Mercury is long overdue the biopic treatment, though it's not for lack of trying. A film based on the singer's career with the band Queen has been in the works for over a decade with actors such as Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw having been attached to play the man with the four octave vocal range.
Things finally came together for the project last year when director Bryan Singer came aboard and cast Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as the buck-toothed singer with a voice from the gods. Bohemian Rhapsody is set to hit theaters in November, though it's not been without its fair share of troubles in the interim. Singer was replaced as the director on the project when allegations about his off-set behavior finally became too loud to ignore, and then the film's first trailer was accused of attempting to "straight-wash" the singer's bisexuality.
Well, this new trailer attempts to answer that accusation by basically ignoring his sexuality altogether, except for a brief shot of him getting close to another man—gasp! What progress! Though this does look mired by the same biopic conventions that bog down nearly film in the genre, it's going to be great to finally get Freddie's story told on the big screen.
Bohemian Rhapsody opens in the heart of Oscar season on November 2.