Why Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' could be a rocking hit
With top-tier talent, the movie about the legendary band has us feeling like champions.
In the 1970s and '80s, Queen was one of the biggest bands in the world. The British rockers routinely sold out stadiums across the globe. Led by the Zanzibar-born Freddie Mercury, the band was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hollywood has been working on making a movie about the band for years, and that dream is finally becoming a reality.
Called "Bohemian Rhapsody" – named after one of the group's most famous songs – it's set to be released on Christmas Day 2018. It's still too early to get in line and buy tickets (c'mon, Fandango!), but we're already dusting off our old album covers and re-watching concert videos on YouTube with bated breath and eager excitement. So why is this film sure to be a holiday hit? Let us count the ways ...
The trailer looks amazing.
It's got an Emmy Award-winning lead actor.
Actor Rami Malek at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock)
Fans of Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek, the star of the popular "Mr. Robot" on the USA Network, are anxious to see how the shy and restrained thespian transforms himself into a 1970s-era rock star. Originally, the role was supposed to go to comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen of "Borat" fame, but he dropped out early in the planning stages due to creative differences. "Everyday [I've immersed myself in the world of Freddie Mercury] and it never feels like it's enough because those guys, each one of them, is this incredible artist on their own," Malek told Jimmy Fallon about the making of the movie. "Together, collectively, it is a phenomenon. Things like that don't happen."
It's got an award-winning producer.
Arnon Milchan is nothing if not prolific. The Israeli producer has shepherded dozens of acclaimed movies including "12 Years a Slave," "L.A. Confidential," "JFK," "Heat," "Fight Club," "Pretty Woman" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." (Brad Pitt, single at the time, crashed on Milchan's couch during filming.) More recently, Milchan's been collaborating with Leonardo DiCaprio in both "The Revenant" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Not to mention that this Queen biopic will also be helmed by award-winning director Bryan Singer, who has led such blockbusters as the classic 1995 film "The Usual Suspects" and last year's "X-Men: Apocalypse." Oh, and some guy named Robert De Niro is also a producer.
Because we all love the Wayne's World rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'
The song, originally released on Halloween 1975, gained a whole new generation of fans when it was part of an iconic scene in the 1992 film "Wayne's World." The song's resurgence in popularity and the film cast's gifted lip syncing skills earned the band its only MTV Video Music Award. That being said, the original single was accompanied by a promotional video in the 1970s, which many rock n' roll experts consider groundbreaking. Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "Its influence cannot be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV went on the air."
And the rest of the soundtrack will be filled with your favorite rock anthems.
Even those who didn't grow up with the band are familiar with their work. You know when you're at a sporting event and the songs "We Will Rock You" or "We Are the Champions" come over the loudspeakers? Those are tunes by Queen. Also "Another One Bites the Dust," which, believe it or not, was Michael Jackson's idea. (And the band also made the soundtrack to the 1980 camp classic "Flash Gordon" – but we won't hold that against them.) It was just announced that – in addition to Malek – the remaining Queen band members will be played by American actor Joe Mazzello and Brits Ben Hardy and Gwimlym Lee.
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