Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury‘s life leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film gets its title from the 1975 Queen song of the same name. It is a British-American joint venture produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, GK Films, and Queen Films, with Fox serving as distributor.
Directed by Bryan Singer, it is written by Anthony McCarten, produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach, and stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers in supporting roles. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as creative and musical consultants on the film.
The film was originally announced in 2010, with Sacha Baron Cohen set to portray Mercury. After Cohen left the project in 2013 due to creative differences with producers, the project languished in development hell for several years before Malek signed on in November 2016. Principal photography began in London in September 2017 with Singer as director. In December 2017, Singer was fired for absence and clashing with the cast and crew, and Dexter Fletcher was hired to complete the film. Singer eventually retained sole director credit as per DGAguidelines, while Fletcher received an executive producer credit. Filming concluded in January 2018.
Bohemian Rhapsody was released in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2018 and in the United States on 2 November 2018, and has grossed over $145 million worldwide. The film received a mixed critical reception; its direction, screenplay and historical inaccuracies were criticized, but the Live Aid sequence and the cast, particularly Malek’s performance as Mercury, received praise