Anyone remotely skeptical when when “Mr. Robot” himself, Rami Malek, was cast as Freddie Mercury in the long-awaited biopic about the legendary Queen frontman can relax.
A new teaser trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which hit YouTube Tuesday morning, should go a long way to quell any fears that Malek was not up to the task.
It’s clear to see from the 90-second spot that Malek, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Elliot Alderson in the USA network cyber drama, is right at home as Mercury, one of the great rock singers of the 20th century.
He’s seen strutting about the stage, looking fabulous in some of Mercury’s most famous looks. The white tank top and leather pants. The white winged jumpsuit. The mustache.
The film traces the band’s rise from the 1970s and culminates in Queen’s iconic set at Live Aid in 1985. Mercury died six years later of complications from HIV/AIDS. He was 45.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has not been without controversy. The original director, Bryan Singer, was fired in December after he failed to return to the set for several days. Less than a week later he was served with a lawsuit alleging he raped a 17-year-old teenage boy in 2003.
Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, a veteran character actor whose last directing credit was “Eddie the Eagle.”
The film is set for release on Nov. 2 and also stars Gwilym Lee (as Brian May), Ben Hardy (as Roger Taylor), Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.
(Mike Myers’ role is not identified on the IMDb; we can only guess if Wayne Campbell will be featured in the film, rocking out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in his buddy Garth’s 1976 AMC Pacer.)