The first full trailer for long-gestating Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has premiered this afternoon.
The two-minute trailer opens with 'We Will Rock You' hand claps and Freddie’s iconic vocal improvisation during Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985 before various tantalising clips from the movie are soundtracked by a medley of ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Killer Queen’ and, of course, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Importantly we also get to hear what Rami Malek and Gwilym Lee sound like as Freddie Mercury and Brian May respectively.
Watch the trailer in full right here:
Also starring Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Joe Mazzello (John Deacon), Aidan Gillen (John Reid), Tom Hollander (Jim Beach), Ace Bhatti (Bomi Bulsara), Lucy Boynton (Mary Austin), Allen Leech (Paul Prenter), Aaron McCusker (Jim Hutton), Michelle Duncan (Shelley Stern), Dermot Murphy (Bob Geldof) and Mike Myers, Bohemian Rhapsody hits UK cinemas across on Wednesday 24th October.
According to 20th Century Fox, the plot synopsis is as follows:
“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.”
The path to the creation of Bohemian Rhapsody has been an extremely bumpy one.
Back September 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was originally confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in the film but he dropped out in July 2013 citing “creative differences” between himself and the band. Dominic Cooper was later rumoured to play Freddie, however this never materialised.
Then last December, 20th Century Fox confirmed that director Bryan Singer had been sacked and he was being replaced by actor and director Dexter Fletcher.
In a statement last month, Brian May said: Brian May said: “I'm thrilled with the way our Freddie film is shaping up. Much more than a documentary of someone's life, it's a piece of pure art, chiselled out of solid rock.
“It speaks of families and relationships and hopes and dreams, and heartache and disappointment, and ultimately of victory and fulfilment, in a way that everyone can connect to. It hasn't been an easy journey - but all the most worthwhile journeys are like that! Rami and Lucy and the boys give monumental performances - more than worthy of the originals !!”