The official trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of legendary rock band Queen, has just been released by 20 Century Fox. There was one point when its future looked turbulent after director Bryan Singer was sacked. "Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet".
U.S. writer and producer Bryan Fuller spoke out against the 90 second teaser after it was released online on Tuesday (15 May), noting how Freddie's relationships with men and his AIDS diagnosis did not feature. Facing a life-threatening illness, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
The movie traverses Queen's rise to fame with its lead singer Freddie Mercury at the helm of the success in the 1970s and the more triumphant period in the 80s.
Taking to Twitter, he accused the 20th Century Fox of "hetero-washing" and "queer erasure" in a series of scathing posts.
Singer later said that Fox had refused to allow him leave to attend to a sick parent, and he was later replaced by British director Dexter Fletcher. The trailer begins with a scene where Malek playing Mercury is engaging with the crowd during a concert. His movement in the trailer is spectacularly on point. The actor for Freddie Mercury can also be seen in action for the first time, and fans are definitely thrilled. Hopefully the film ends up being faithful enough to the story of Queen.
The film is out 2nd November and after seeing this we're literally counting down the days.
One thing to note is that Rami Malek nearly never got the role of Freddie Mercury for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bryan Fuller has hit out at the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer for "ignoring" important aspects of the singer's life.