‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - All you MUST know about the QUEEN biopic
- Authors: Sandip Pal (Editorial Team)
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is an ICONIC musician of the modern era, will be the focal point of the upcoming band biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, with Robot star Rami Malek portraying the man who the world regards to be one of the greatest and multifaceted singers, songwriters, ROCKSTARS of all time!
We will Rock You!
The first look of the teaser trailer is so power-packed and the life and times seems to come alive! We can’t wait for the film. The film has been directed by David fletcher who replaced the original director Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody is based on a script by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything). The Film will chronicle the period between the band’s formation in the 1970s and Mercury’s death in 1991, with Queen Band members Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as producers on the film. The film is currently scheduled to hit theatres on 2nd November, 2018.
Here’s what we know about the movie so far –
Bohemian Rhapsody was first announced in the year 2010. In a BBC interview published on 17th September 2010, Queen lead guitarist Brian May spoke about an upcoming film project concerning the history of the band. Sacha Baron Cohen was initially singed up to play the lead but eventually he bid adieu from the project owing to creative differences. He has wished to produce a more adult oriented film; however given the reservation Brian and Roger had about harming the legacy of Mercury, they wanted a more family approach to the film. On 4th November 2016, it was announced Rami Malek would star as Freddie Mercury. On 21st August 2017additional cast members were announced, including Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May and Joseph Mazzello as bass guitarist John Deacon. On 6th September 2017, Lucy Boynton joined the cast to play Mercury’s long term girlfriend Mary Austin, on 22nd September Aaron McCusker joined the cast of the film to play Mercury’s long-term boyfriend, Jim Hutton.
The first teaser trailer of the film Bohemian Rhapsody was released on May 15 and was accompanied by the first official poster of the film
Along with putting Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury at the front and center, the poster and the teaser trailer provides a nice preview of the time the time period the film is going to cover – and of course Freddie’s personal life, his tryst with his sexual orientation, his fight with AIDS and the evolution of the band’s look over the years.
20th Century Fox released a pair of photos from the film on Instagram, with both images providing a glimpse of Malek as Freddie Mercury in the movie.
The first image features Malek as Mercury on the stage at Wembley stadium in a recreation of the band’s memorable 1985 performance at the Live Aid fund raising concert.
The second photo features Malek as Mercury alongside Gwilym Lee as his bandmate and lead guitarist Brian May.
The show must go on
On 1st December 2017, Hollywood Reporter reported that 20th Century fox had temporarily halted the production due to unexpected unavailability of director Bryan Singer with sources saying that Singer had failed to return to the set after the Thanksgiving week, leaving producers nervous about the state of production and started discussions about potentially replacing him, at which point cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel had to step in and direct during Singer’s non-showings. Singer’s absence was reportedly attributed to a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family. However other sources claimed, Rami Malek and the crew had grown tired of Singer’s behavior, reportedly showing up late to set and repeatedly clashing with Malek.
On 4th December 2017, Singer was fired as the director with about two week remaining in principal photography. 20th Century Fox terminated his Band Hat Harry productions deal with the studio.
On 6th December 2017, Dexter Fletcher was announced as Singer’s replacement. Fletcher was pretty vocal about the pressure that mounted on him after he joined the bandwagon s the director. Two thirds of the photography was done and the film needed to be completed, said he “I was looking at two complete acts in a good film and I had to not let it down.”
Rami as Freddie
Claiming that he couldn’t “help himself”, Singer posted a photo on his Instagram of Malek as Freddie, bare-chested and in full epic ballad pose, during the filming of Bohemian Rhapsody in November 2017.
The first photo of Malek as Mercury was released on 17th September 2017, on what would have been the singer’s 71st birthday. The photo was posted by entertainment weekly and Malek indicated that achieving a visual similarity to the famously recognizable singer went a long way towards giving him the confidence to portray Mercury onscreen. “When you are able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it is a very affirming moment,” said the actor.
Image is not the Be all and End all
The first photo of Malek as Mercury suggests that Bohemian Rhapsody will feature a satisfying visual representation of the Queen front-man; replicating Mercury’s famous four-octave vocal range presents a more difficult challenge for both the actor and the film’s creative team.
The film will reportedly blend elements of the actor’s voice, recordings of Mercury, and a sound-alike performer in order to recreate one of the most memorable voices in music history.
Speaking to entertainment Weekly, Malek said, “we’re going to use Freddie as much as possible, I am in my abbey road (studios) right now, if that should say anything to you. I am not working on my acting.”
It is more about honouring a legacy more than anything else!
Even though Freddie Mercury is the face of the band and the lead singer as well, the audience shouldn’t expect Bohemian Rhapsody to focus entirely on his lif]e. The film will reportedly draw inspiratin from the band;s music chronicles, the time between the band forming in London during the 1970s and Queen’s 1985performance on the Live Aid, six years before Mercury’s death. It will also address Mercury’s death following AIDS complications. However, the film’s now fired director insisted that the singer’s life won’t be primary focal point for the film and that it won’t be “a traditional biopic”
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