The wait was clearly worth it. The world finally got a look at the first trailer for the long-awaited Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody on Tuesday morning (May 15). After years of on-and-off development and intrigue, the 97-second peek at the anticipated film about the life and times of the legendary British rock band and their late lead singer Freddie Mercury is a delight for the eyes and ears.
After a 10-second teaser trailer dropped on Monday (May 14), briefly revealing star Rami Malek in his Mercury get up, the full trailer proved that the Mr. Robot actor was the only choice that made sense. Malek has already earned praise for his uncanny resemblance to Mercury, and the blitz of scenes in which he inhabits the flamboyant rock star in a variety of colorful outfits and through multiple hair eras is evidence that the wait was worth it.
The trailer opens with Malek, wearing a fluttering white cape, engaging in the familiar call-and-response with an audience that was one of Queen’s signature live concert staple moves, before cutting to snippets of Malek as Mercury in a gold lame jumpsuit, a black leather outfit and shirtless while wielding the late singer’s iconic half microphone stand as the instantly recognizable strains of “Another One Bites the Dust” kick in.
The quick-cut trailer bounces from Mercury’s first meeting with guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) to their rise through the ranks while the “Dust” beat is overlaid with snippets of other hits, including “Killer Queen” and the movie’s title track. It peaks with a scene in which May plays the central “Rhapsody” riff in the studio and Mercury informs him from the mixing board “this is where the operatic section comes in,” which cuts to the band huddled around a microphone bringing Mercury unlikely musical vision to fruition.
Hinting at turbulence and triumph as the band becomes one of the biggest rock acts in the world, the trailer for the Graham King-produced film peaks with a glimpse of the massive crowd at Wembley Stadium in 1985 when Queen leaped into history with their unforgettable set at Live Aid. Bohemian Rhapsody will hit theaters on Nov. 2.
Check out the trailer below.