Of all the films I thought would never get made, the Freddie Mercury biopic is one that I would’ve bet money wouldn’t happen. First it was going to star Sacha Baron Cohen, then Ben Whishaw, and then it seemed to die. It’s just not an easy role to cast, until Mr. Robot star Rami Malek came along and was a dead ringer for an in-his-prime Mercury.
The film didn’t stop having its fair share of problems then, either. Original director Bryan Singer was fired because his, shall we say, extra-curricular activities became too sordid to ignore. But then Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher stepped in to replace him, and now we’ve got our first look at the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, a title likely chosen because it sadly continues to be the one Queen song everyone knows. Honestly, there’s like a dozen other Queen songs that would’ve made better titles for this film.
I sincerely hope this film is good. It looks pretty damn good, and hopefully they’ll just use Mercury’s real voice rather than having Malek sing. No matter how good his voice is, it can’t touch Freddie’s, so why bother? We’ll find out what route they decided to take when Bohemian Rhapsody opens on November 2.