Watch the first trailer for Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Rami Malek stars as the late Freddie Mercury in the eagerly-anticipated drama.

2018-05-15

It's been a rocky road getting there, but the first trailer for upcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has finally been released.

The film, which is set for release in the UK this October, focuses on a 15-year period from the formation of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury up to their performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before Mercury's death.

Mr Robot's Emmy-winning star Rami Malek takes on the role of Mercury himself, whil supporting cast include Gwilym Lee as Queen guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello as bassist John Deacon, and Allen Leech as Paul Prenter, Mercury’s personal manager.

Originally announced back in 2010, both Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw were attached to the role of Mercury before qutting the project, reportedly due to creative differences with the band's remaining members.

Malek, was finally cast in the role in late 2016, but based on his uncanny portrayal of Mercury in the trailer, it looks like it was worth the wait.

As if all that drama wasn't enough, the Bohemian Rhapsody's original director, X-Men's Bryan Singer, was fired from the film three months into filming, and was eventually replaced with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle).

Here's hoping the film itself is every bit as drama-filled as the real-life build-up...

Bohemian Rhapsody hits cinemas in the UK on October 24 and in the US on November 2. Check out the trailer below: