Watch Trailer for Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Movie
By Andrew Magnotta
May 15, 2018
Queen fans can finally get a glimpse of what the Roger Taylor and Brian May-produced Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody looks like.
The first trailer was initially screened in April in Las Vegas with mixed reviews. Now the band has made a 90-second teaser available on its YouTube account. The clips we see are set to an edit of "Another One Bites the Dust," "Killer Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You."
The trailer has have a cheeky, confident tone, with actor Rami Malek delivering zingers and smirking throughout in the lead role as Mercury. But it's only a trailer after all — there aren't many conclusions to be drawn.
Malek, a longtime Queen fan, told Billboard that he felt a ton of pressure after being cast as the iconic frontman.
“When I got this role, I thought, 'Oh, my God, this could be a career-defining performance,’” he said. “And then two minutes later I thought, 'This could be a career killer.'”
But Queen guitarist May seemed to think Malek nailed the portrayal, reportedly emailing Malek after the production to tell him the movie "brought him to tears" and that the singer would have been "proud" of Malek's performance.
May has said he and drummer Taylor have put a lot of work into the film over the years; they have just one chance to make the film the right way.
"Eight years we've been working on getting it off the ground," the guitarist told TeamRock last year. "Roger and I — to some extent against our will — have hung in there for all this time. But finally we've arrived at a place where we have the right director and the right script and we feel good about it."
May says he hopes the film will "crystallize the way the world understands" the band's iconic singer as a performer and a person.
The release date is set for November 2.
Queen + Adam Lambert will be spending its September in sunny Las Vegas, performing 10 shows at the Park Theater at Park MGM. Tickets go on sale May 11 for the dates, which fall from September 1 - 22.
The band is calling the residency "The Crown Jewels" show. "We're ready to take on the ultimate challenge...to dazzle Vegas," May said via the release.
The shows are September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22. Each show begins at 8 p.m. Get more information here.
This year is a big one for Queen: the band was given Lifetime Achievement Honors by the GRAMMYs this winter and will finally release its long-awaited Bohemian Rhapsody biopic to theaters.