Our first glimpse of low-key heartthrob Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was *everything* — or so we thought. The latest Bohemian Rhapsody trailer has us falling even more in love with him, and also asking the important questions. For example: exactly how many repetitions of “Galileo” belong in the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”?
The answer, which won’t surprise you at all, is exactly how many “Galileos” Freddie Mercury wants in the song.
The film, named after the song of the same name, will chronicle Mercury’s journey from unknown performer to literal icon. And contrary to initial reports, it does not appear to be ignoring the bumps along the way. Though the trailer doesn’t explicitly discuss the Queen frontman’s sexuality, there are overtures to it, and even a line from the singer about not knowing how much time he has left. (Mercury passed away from HIV/AIDS-related complications in 1991.)
The new trailer touches on the highs and lows of the band’s career, including the development of “We Will Rock You” — supposedly written so the audience could participate in the band’s performances — and Mercury perfecting “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The supporting cast is really genius, because in addition to Malek, the casting directors seemingly pulled from all of your franchise favorites. There’s Tom Hollander, from Pirates of the Caribbean; Aidan Gillen from Game of Thrones; and Allen Leech from Downton Abbey. Fun fact: Mike Myers also has a role in this movie, and his Wayne’s World headbanging scene set to “Bohemian Rhapsody” remains one of the best uses of music in cinema of all time. Impeccable.
A few questions about the film still remain, like how much of Freddie Mercury’s personal life will be explored? And if Allen Leech is set to play Paul Prenter — Mercury’s former manager and kind of the dude that sold him out to the British press — how much of that will be incorporated into the film? We’ll have to wait and see.