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'Bohemian Rhapsody': Rami Malek rocks out in new trailer

UPI News Service, 05/15/2018 

Rami Malek sings as Freddie Mercury onstage in the first trailer for upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The clip, released Tuesday, chronicles Mercury's rockstar life and features Queen recording songs together in the studio before taking the stage in front of massive crowds.

Anthony McCarten wrote the script for Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as music producers. The cast includes Allen Leech as Mercury's personal manager Paul Prenter, Ben Hardy as Taylor, Gwilym Lee as May and Joe Mazzello as John 'Decay' Deacon, the bassist and composer who handled Queen's financial dealings.

"Bohemian Rhapsody is 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 synopsis reads.

"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. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day," it continues.

Filmmaker Dexter Fletcher was hired as the new director of Bohemian Rhapsody to replace original director Bryan Singer after he failed to show up to set on multiple occasions. Singer disputed the claims and said Fox did not give him enough time to deal with an illness in the family and his own health.

Bohemian Rhapsody is set to arrive in theaters on Nov. 2.

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