July 13th, 1985: At a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London, Freddie Mercury walked out on stage and gave the crowd at the Live Aid festival what has widely been considered one of the single greatest rock and roll performances of all time, belting out “The Note Heard ‘Round the World”. Now close to 35 years later, that familiar note rings through our television and computer speakers, delivering news of the long-awaited biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s finally coming.
The Bohemian Rhapsody movie chronicles the journey of Freddie Mercury and Queen’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts in the 1970s, the band’s struggles to stay together, and to the film’s crescendo at the infamous 1985 Live Aid performance. The lead role belongs to “Mr. Robot” star, Rami Malek who, from checkered leotard to light wash jeans and blue striped Adidas, looks eerily similar to the real Freddie Mercury in the film’s trailer.
Joining Malek is Game of Thrones villain Aidan Gillen, and in what may be the best casting decision of all time, SNL legend Mike Myers (recall Myers’ epic Wayne’s World scene with the title song).
Bohemian Rhapsody almost didn’t get made
The Bohemian Rhapsody movie was almost a movie that never was, with setback after setback delaying production. Sacha Baron Cohen, originally cast as Freddie Mercury, left the project three years in because of creative differences with the remaining Queen bandmates, and the project was nearly scrapped altogether. But after casting Rami Malek to replace Cohen, production started rolling along without a hitch until director Bryan Singer was fired from the project for clashing with cast members and taking an extended leave. Waiting in the wings was Dexter Fletcher who was quickly hired to wrap everything up and keep the production on track. Finally, nearly a decade after the film’s announcement, it’s scheduled for release on November 2 nd in the U.S.
For Queen fans everywhere, this is no doubt one of the most anticipated events of the year. Check out the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer, and gear up on Queen t shirts now at Rocker Rags: