Get your first look at Rami Malek in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the new teaser trailer above, which was released by 20th Century Fox on May 15. Malek stars in the film as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. Known for songs like “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and of course the tune that gives this film its title, Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, 10 years after Mercury died of complications from AIDS at age 45. The movie opens on November 2 in the United States.
This Queen biopic has been in the works for several years and encountered setbacks along the way. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw had been in discussion for the lead role before it eventually went to Malek, And the film began production with Bryan Singer directing, but after months of filming Singer was fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher for the remainder of the shoot and for post-production. This is the fourth feature film for Fletcher, who previously helmed “Wild Bill” (2011), “Sunshine on Leith” (2013) and “Eddie the Eagle” (2016).
Malek has made big-screen appearances in “Night at the Museum” (2006), “The Master” (2012) and “Short Term 12” (2013) in addition to TV roles in “The Pacific” and “24,” but his big career breakthrough came in 2015 with his role as mentally unbalanced hacker Elliot Alderson in the USA drama series “Mr. Robot.” Malek won the Emmy for Best Drama Actor in 2016 for his performance in addition to two Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations.
Will an Oscar nomination be next? The November release date for “Rhapsody” suggests a potential awards contender. And biographical roles are popular with academy voters, including musical subjects: Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for playing Ray Charles in “Ray” (2004), Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress as June Carter in “Walk the Line” (2005), and Marion Cotillard claimed Best Actress as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” (2007). Also, Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for playing a fictional musician in “Crazy Heart” (2009).
How does “Bohemian Rhapsody” look to you? Check out the poster below, and vote in our poll to let us know if you think Malek will be an Oscar contender.