The first trailer for the upcoming Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is here, and it’s sure to get you psyched for the movie. The film stars Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) as iconic front man Freddie Mercury, and follows the British rock band as they prepare for their performance at Live Aid in London in 1985.
The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who replaced the original director Bryan Singer. Check out the trailer from 20th Century Fox, which gives us a first glimpse of the movie:
“Bohemian Rhapsody” will be “a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury,” according to 20th Century Fox’s official description. “Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.”
In 1991, Mercury died at the age of 45, due to complications from AIDS. This was shortly after going public with his diagnosis. Considering the reality of Mercury’s death, some people feel the trailer is not explicit enough in its portrayal of Mercury’s illness or his sexuality. Most visibly, television and film producer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter to express his criticism:
DEAR 20TH CENTURY FOX… Yes, it was a life-threatening illness, but more specifically it was AIDS. From having gay sex with men. Do better. #HETWASHING #BohemianRapsody pic.twitter.com/sz8QJU7cCA
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 15, 2018
Others agree. Twitter user @avokadokorv writes that ending the movie before his death is “tasteless, and misses the chance to start a conversation about HIV.”
The face that they even considered Sacha Baron Cohen, a comedy actor, for #bohemianrapsody leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Ending the movie before his death is also quite tasteless, and misses the chance to start a conversation about HIV.
— Joy 😗✌️ (@pilonidalcysta) May 15, 2018
Sacha Baron Cohen was originally set to portray Mercury, but dropped out in 2013, citing “creative differences” with the surviving members of the band.
“There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury,” Cohen reportedly said on The Howard Stern Show. “The guy was wild. I mean he was living an extreme lifestyle.”
He goes on to explain that the members of Queen were hoping the film would be a bit more “PG.”
Controversy aside, we can’t deny that this trailer has us excited to see the final product.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is set to premiere November 2. Will you be watching?