Rami Malek Is a Spot-On Freddie Mercury in First Trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Nick Delaney

The first trailer for the long-awaited Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, dropped on Tuesday, featuring Rami Malek completely transforming into the band’s iconic late frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Malek has got the look down, and boldly channels Mercury’s legendary moves on stage. A big part of the trailer also focuses on how Mercury conceived Queen’s iconic 1975 hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and how groundbreaking it was at the time.

Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the rise of the band, Mercury’s personal life and eventually their legendary 1985 Live Aid performance at London’s Wembley Stadium, which is still considered to be one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

The film hits theaters on Nov. 2.

Prior to its release, Bohemian Rhapsody has already made headlines for its struggles while filming. Malek joined the long-in-development biopic after Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally cast as Mercury, dropped out due to “creative differences.” 

“Basically, they wanted to make a movie about the band and I wanted to make it a little more about Freddie,” Cohen told ET in 2013.

Last December, original director Bryan Singer was fired and was replaced by filmmaker and actor Dexter Fletcher. Fox did not state the reasons for Singer’s termination apart from citing his “unexpected unavailability.” Reportedly, the director failed to show up to set multiple times during production, and rumors of on-set tensions between Singer and Malek were also cited as a possible reason for his firing.

Last January, ET spoke to 37-year-old Malek about taking on the huge role.

“I’m stoked,” the Mr. Robot star said. “I mean, one of the most iconic bands ever and just to be a part of that is huge.”

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