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14 May 2018, 12:23
Queen's Freddie Mercury was one of the world's greatest ever rock legends.
We're actually surprised it's taken this long for a proper movie about his life to get made, but Bohemian Rhapsody will do just that.
Here are all the details about the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic:
The movie will be released at UK cinemas on December 28, 2018.
It will first arrive at US cinemas on November 2.
Set in the 1970s, the film follows the years before the formation of Queen by Freddie, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
It will tell the story of the beginnings of the band, up until their show-stealing performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Mr Robot actor Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in the movie. Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen originally expected to play Freddie. However, he left the project due to "artistic differences", with Brian May describing Cohen as "an arse". Oh dear.
EastEnders actor Ben Hardy will play Roger Taylor, Midsomer Murders' Gwilym Lee plays Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello (better known as the kid from Jurassic Park) plays John Deacon.
There will also be roles for Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen as Queen's first manager, Tom Hollander as their second manager, and Mike Myers in an unspecified role.
Eddie the Eagle's Dexter Fletcher is directing the film, after original director Bryan Singer dropped out in December.
The first teaser trailer was released on May 14:
The first full trailer was then released a day later, showing the band recording the title track for the first time:
#RamiMalek is #FreddieMercury in this exclusive first look at 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'The Bryan Singer-directed film (out Dec. 25, 2018) chronicles #Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS. Click the link in our bio for more. : Nick Delaney/Fox
Last year, on-set footage showed Malek recreating the famous Live Aid gig, and we have to say, we're pretty impressed:
In late April 2018, more photos were shared by 20th Century Fox.
In one photo, Queen are seen looking out to a huge Wembley Stadium crowd for their iconic Live Aid show in 1985:
A second sees Freddie preparing for another show backstage, alongside Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee):
Here is Freddie in all his glory:
Recreating Freddie's iconic four-octave vocal range is always going to tricky.
To combat this, the film will reportedly use elements of Malek's voice, recordings of Freddie, and a sound-alike performer, in order to re-create the vocals.
“We’re going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m in Abbey Road [Studios] right now, if that should say anything to you. I’m not working on my acting.”