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After years of delay, Freddie Mercury’s biopic finally drops a trailer and our minds are blown

This highly anticipated film has been on the works since 2010, with a maligned production that has seen creative clashes, casting revamps and the firing of its original director.

The Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody was first announced as a project helmed by Bryan Singer, famous for The Usual Suspects and X-Men.

Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, was going to play Mercury originally, but he ended up leaving the project in 2013 citing creative differences with Queen band members.

He said to US radio host Howard Stern at the time:

“There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury. The guy was wild. There are stories of little people walking around parties with plates of cocaine on their heads!”

But according to him, the band didn’t want to feature that side of Mercury’s life, as they only “wanted to protect their legacy as a band.”

Cohen went to the press to say Queen’s intention was to “sugar coat” Mercury’s story, something guitarist Brian May later denied calling Baron Cohen “an arse”.

Drummer Robert Taylor also dismissed Cohen’s claims, stating they let him go because they didn’t want the film to turn out to be “a joke”.

Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw was initially rumoured for the part of Mercury, but the role ultimately went to Rami Malek, better known for his central role in the TV series Mr Robot.

The project hit other obstacles down the road, most dramatically, the continuous absences from the set of Bryan Singer himself.

The director was ultimately fired midway production after taking too much time off due to “health concerns”.

Actor/Director Dexter Fletcher, known for the 2016 biopic Eddie the Eagle – and who’s rumoured to be helming an upcoming film about Elton John – was tasked to pick up the film and take it to the finish line.

Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to hit Australian cinemas in November.

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