More Pictures of Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Biopic

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Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) and Gwilym Lee (Brian May) star in Twentieth-Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Photo: Alex Bailey; used with permission)

A video montage of several behind the scenes pictures from the upcoming film about QueenBohemian Rhapsody, were released on May 14. Filming for the biopic, from Twentieth-Century Fox, began in September 2017. It’s slated for released on November 2, 2018. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are among the film’s producers.

Filming was well underway when things went topsy-turvy following the Thanksgiving break as director Bryan Singer failed to return to the London set. On Dec. 1, production was halted “due to the unexpected availability” of the director.

Three days later (Dec. 4), the studio fired Singer, releasing a terse statement: “Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” reportedly due to his regular no-shows on-set.

On Dec. 6, British actor-director Dexter Fletcher (2016’s Eddie the Eagle) was hired to replace Singer and finish the picture.

Rami Malek (TV’s Mr. Robot) portrays legendary Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury; Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mary Shelley, Only the Brave) plays Roger Taylor; Gwilym Lee (The Hollow Crown, Jamestown) plays Brian May; Joe Mazzello (The Social Network, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) plays John Deacon. Lucy Boynton (Murder on the Orient Express) stars as Mercury’s lifelong companion, Mary Austin.

The film is described in a release as “a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who 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, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.”

A set recreating Live Aid’s set-up at London’s Wembley Stadium has been built specifically for Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: Twentieth-Century Fox; used with permission)

When the first photos were released on April 26, May said in a statement: “I’m thrilled with the way our Freddie film is shaping up. Much more than a documentary of someone’s life, it’s a piece of pure art, chiselled out of solid rock. It speaks of families and relationships and hopes and dreams, and heartache and disappointment, and ultimately of victory and fulfilment, in a way that everyone can connect to. It hasn’t been an easy journey – but all the most worthwhile journeys are like that! Rami and Lucy and the boys give monumental performances – more than worthy of the originals !!”

On May 14, Queen released a video montage of several behind the scenes stills from the film

Tickets to see Queen + Adam Lambert in concert are available here and here.

Plus the first 10 seconds of the official trailer


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