The much-talked-about Freddy Mercury biopic has finally released its first trailer today. In the preview, we get a glimpse of Remi Malek’s Mercury getting cosy with another man, him performing to a crowd of thousands, and the first recording of Bohemian Rhapsody.
The film has been marred with onset tensions and tabloid rumours, however. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Bryan Singer was so unreliable that Malek had to complain to the studio, calling him “unprofessional”. Singer would sometimes not show up at all on set, forcing the film’s cinematographer, Thomas Newton Sigel, to take over directing duties for several days in a row.
Tom Hollander, who played Queen manager Jim Beach, actually quit the film because of Singer, but was eventually persuaded to return.
When Singer finally did show up, the tension between him and Malik was so high it erupted into a fight. “While it did not become physical between the two, it did involve Singer throwing an object.”
Singer was then fired from the film with only two weeks of principal photography left.
The film will be released in cinemas this November.