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First Look At New Queen Biopic As Trailer Premieres At CinemaCon

With Rami Malek as Freddie

First Look At New Queen Biopic As Trailer Premieres At CinemaCon 20th Century Fox/ Instagram

It's been in the works for the better part of a decade and now fans have been given a first look at the new Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The flick, starring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Gwilym Lee as Brian May, debuted its trailer at CinemaCon last night, although it hasn't yet hit the internet.

But 20th Century Fox posted two photos from the movie shortly after, one showing Malek and Lee at a press conference and the second with their bandmates - Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazello as John Deacon - on stage.


Following Queen's rise to fame, Bohemian Rhapsody tracks the band's subsequent battle to stay together and their reunion at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

But the movie itself hasn't been without its own struggles; Sacha Baron Cohen was originally slated to star as Mercury back in 2011 but left the project in 2013, with Malek eventually coming on board in 2016.

Then, in December last year, director Bryan Singer was fired following reports of unprofessional behaviour on set, which he has strenuously denied.

Dexter Fletcher, who directed Eddie the Eagle, was hired shortly afterward, with filming wrapping up in January.

Speaking at CinemaCon on Thursday, Malek said that taking on the role of the band's iconic frontman seemed an "insurmountable" task.

"When I got this role, I thought, 'Oh my God, this could be a career-defining performance," he said. "And about two minutes later, I thought, 'This could be a career killer'.

"I'm not kidding. You don't get this right and it's trouble."

But while he insisted he was staying "very modest" about his performance, the 36-year-old did admit that Brian May had seen a preview of the film a few days previously, saying the lead guitarist had emailed to say how "moved to tears he was and how, if Freddie were here today, he would not and could not be more proud."