Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t get amazing reviews from critics, but audiences around the world seem to really enjoy it. The music biopic featuring the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen, has been having a good ol’ time at the global box office.
According to the reports, it has made over $600 million at the box office, which means it’s now the highest-grossing music biopic of all time domestically, internationally and worldwide.
“Nominated for two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards this week, the story of Freddie Mercury and legendary band Queen has now topped previous music biopic domestic record holder Straight Outta Compton. It’s also outperformed Fox’s own The Greatest Showman, a breakout that had extra-long legs from last year’s holiday corridor.”
20th Century Fox has to be feeling pretty good right about now. According to insiders, the studio knew all along the film would perform well overseas, and they were correct. It’s made $433 million globally. Its domestic haul sits at $175.5 million.
The internet has strong and fast reactions to almost everything, including movie trailers. People seem to think they can tell if a movie is going to be good or bad based on a one minute trailer.
Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury have been slamming the upcoming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ movie even though the film hasn’t even been released. They believe, based on the teaser trailer, that the film doesn’t address Freddie’s sexuality or his AIDS diagnosis.
Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie in the movie, is fighting back against the critics. He says the film does not overlook those issues…
“It’s difficult. First, let me say that I don’t think the film shies away from his sexuality or his all-consuming disease, which is obviously AIDS. I don’t know how you could avoid any of that, or if anyone would ever want to. It’s a bit absurd that anyone’s judging this from a minute trailer.
You can’t shy away from it. It was an important moment to have in the film, one that ultimately is very sad but also empowering in a way.”
It might sound silly, but I trust Malek. He’s a great actor, who really believes in the ~art~ of it all, so I highly doubt he’d take this role if it refused to dig in to the serious issues surrounding Freddie’s life.
The bigger issue is the marketing of this movie…it has not been good. The studio has dropped the ball with the promotion of this film.
We’ll just have to wait and see how good (or bad) this movie is when it’s released nationwide November 2, 2018.
We have all been waiting to see how Rami Malek would look and sound as Freddie Mercury in the long-awaited Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and we’re happy to report the wait is over.
After months of being teased with photos from set, we are finally getting our first real look at the movie.
The teaser trailer was released this week by 20th Century Fox and even though you only hear Malek speak twice, it’s still enough to know he’s going to absolutely rock the role.
“The movie traverses Queen’s rise from the 1970s through their triumphant set at 1985’s Live Aid, six years before Mercury died of complications from AIDS. The new trailer features concert scenes interspersed with the group cutting songs in the studio. It also features a mash-up of several Queen classics, including ‘Killer Queen,’ ‘We Will Rock You’ and the film’s namesake.”
In addition to Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody will also star Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Lucy Boynton. It’s expected to hit theaters November 2, and who knows, maybe it’ll land Malek a Best Actor nomination.
When it was announced that ‘Mr. Robot‘ star Rami Malek was going to play Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, everyone nodded their head and was like, “Yeah. That sounds right.”
Malek was born for this role and now we’re getting to check out the first photos from set.
20th Century Fox, the studio behind the biopic, released the two photos you see below on their Instagram account earlier this week. The first photo shows Malek as Mercury standing in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium. The second photo shows him backstage standing next to Gwilym Lee as Brian May.
As some of you may remember, Sacha Baron Cohen was originally set to star as Mercury in the biopic back in 2011, but he ended up leaving the film in 2013. In 2016, it was revealed Bryan Singer had signed on to direct the movie and Malek would be the lead. One year after that, we learned that Singer was fired and Dexter Fletcher had been called in to replace him.
Even with all the drama going on behind the scenes, we still have faith this movie will be great, mainly because we don’t believe there is any possibly way Malek screws this up.
Right now, Rami Malek is known for his wonderful work on Mr. Robot, but next year, he will only be known as Freddie Mercury. On September 5 (what would have been Mercury’s 71st birthday) the first-look at Malek in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released.
And as you can see, Malek has nailed the physical transformation. He looks just like Freddie in the photo.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Malek admitted even he was moved by the transformation when he first saw himself in the mirror after hair and makeup…
“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment.”
Bryan Singer is the director behind this project, and he claims his approach to Bohemian Rhapsody was a bit different. It’s “not a traditional biopic,” but rather a story honoring the music created by a legendary rock group.
“It won’t just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that also will be honored. It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration.”
It’s scheduled to be released on Christmas Day 2018, and it’s probably going to be incredible.
This movie has been talked about for years, and for whatever reason, it just never happened. A director would back out, the studio would get cold feet, etc.
But it now looks like everything is on the right track. Original members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, confirmed that the Freddie Mercury biopic is happening. They also revealed that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek would be playing Mercury in the film.
They told Queen Online that they believe Rami is the best actor for the role…
“Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”
In addition to Rami starring, it was also revealed that X-Men director Bryan Singer will direct the movie.
“[Bryan Singer is] a perfect choice to recreate the fabulous Queen years which brought us such unforgettable moments as Live Aid, which we can reveal will be faithfully recreated for a key sequence the film.”
This movie is still in the early stages, so we don’t know who else will star, but the band members promised more announcements would be coming soon. They also hinted that fans will have an opportunity to be extras in the film.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.