It’s fair to say Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, is on plenty of people’s ‘must-see’ lists.
We had to wait a while for the first trailer, released earlier this year, but the new one includes a good amount of never-before-seen footage from the film.
Dexter Fletcher replaced Bryan Singer as director late on in the process, but the film is now in post-production some eight years after the idea of a movie about the band was first mooted.
The new footage provides a new talking point with regards to allegations of ‘straightwashing’ and concerns about coverage of the AIDS crisis, while there’s also an appearance from a pretty much unrecognisable Mike Myers.
The trailer, soundtracked by some of Queen’s best-known hits, hints at coverage of Mercury’s private life as well as his life as a performer.
American Gods developer Bryan Fuller spoke out after the first trailer amid fears the film might end up underplaying Mercury’s bisexual identity.
However, a brief moment in the newly released footage has led some to suggest the singer’s attraction to men might be addressed in more depth than previously assumed.
As for that Myers cameo? The Canadian actor has been relatively quiet of late, save for speculation about an Austin Powers return, but we’ve never seen him like this before.
Myers plays EMI executive Ray Foster, and while his part in the trailer is only a small one, it didn’t get past everyone.
The second Bohemian Rhapsody trailer certainly gives us a good guide to what to anticipate when the film gets its cinematic release in the autumn, with time devoted to the music and to the dynamics between the band members.
‘Creative differences’ with the band ended Sacha Baron Cohen’s involvement in the project in its early stages – he had initially been in line to star and produce before leaving the project in 2013 – but guitarist Brian May has spoken about the pride he has in the film.
May is played in Bohemian Rhapsody by Gwilym Hughes, with Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello playing May’s bandmates Roger Taylor and John Deacon respectively.
Bohemian Rhapsody is in UK cinemas on 24 October and in US cinemas on 2 November
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