UPDATE: The trailer will drop tomorrow at5pm UK (9am PT/noon ET) on Queen’s official website and social channels. See the tease below. Original post follows.
We weren’t expecting this one to come so soon, but looks like The Predator isn’t the only Fox film using this week’s release of Deadpool 2 as a trailer launchpad. The teaser for Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been rated today by the UK’s BBFC, likely in time to play with the hilarious superhero sequel. This comes on the heels of the first poster being spotted in U.S. cinemas over the weekend, likely indicative of the imminent trailer launch.
Something to also note is the crediting on the classification – the directing credit currently being shared by both Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) and original helmer Bryan Singer, who was ousted from the project following on-set chaos and reports of sexual abuse allegations. By comparison, the trailer ratings for other recent director change-up cases – Solo: A Star Wars Story and Justice League – solely mention Ron Howard and Zack Snyder respectively, both indicative of the ultimate directing credits on the final film. While of course it’s early to say whether both Fletcher and Singer will be creidted on the final film, today’s rating suggests that this may be what’s happening.
In any case, expect the trailer imminently – likely not today (as of the time of writing) but very likely as soon as this time tomorrow, when the Deadpool sequel hits UK cinemas and in time to play with the first shows that evening. Stay tuned for further updates soon and read on below for some of the reactions to footage (which may or may not be tomorrow’s trailer) from CinemaCon last month.
For those worried about Bohemian Rhapsody or the casting of Rami Malek… don’t be. #CinemaCon
— Michael Keene (@MichaelKeene) April 26, 2018
— Nikki Novak (@NikkiNovak) April 26, 2018
With no one naming Bryan Singer, the BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY presentation brings out @ItsRamiMalek to present trailer. Trailer is extremely strong, with Malek making huge impression, and cycling through half-a-dozen Queen songs in two minutes, 30 seconds. #CinemaCon pic.twitter.com/YwIH1ewq2y
— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) April 26, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody looks very good, Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury seems just PERFECT. #CInemaCon
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 26, 2018
— Jacqueline @ #Cannes2018 (@THATJacqueline) April 26, 2018
Cheers and applause for first #BohemianRhapsody trailer. Rami Malek looks absolutely electric in this one. Stuffed with Queen music, it’s astonishing how good Malek is in just the trailer. This film is going to make some noise later this year #CinemaCon
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 26, 2018
— Lauren Cox (@Iaurencox) April 26, 2018
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY trailer: Colorful, kinda plasticky-looking? Malek is giving it his all, definitely looks the part and some of the concert footage looks excellent. The other stuff? A bit questionable. We’ll see.
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) April 26, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Starring Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech and Lucy Boynton, the film is released October 24 in the UK, followed by November 2 in the United States.