Last week in London, I attended the world premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody at Wembley Arena. Unlike most premiere venues, which are lucky to hold a thousand people, Wembley Arena is a massive building that normally hosts concerts and other live events. So for the world premiere of the Queen movie, 20th Century Fox filled the arena up with around seven thousand people, and during the film’s big moments it truly became an interactive experience. When Queen is shown in the studio coming up with the beginning of “We Will Rock You,” the crowd was clapping and stomping along with the band. Then, during the Live Aid portion of the film, when the band is singing Radio Ga Ga, the crowd clapped along. It was like being at a Queen concert, and an experience I’ll never forget.
The day before the world premiere, I was able to talk with cast members Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello. They revealed what it was like filming the Live Aid concert, what was cut out of the finished film, and what Queen songs they wish could have made the movie.
Finally, while the entire cast was great in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek’s performance was on another level. No matter what review you read or who you talk to, everyone is raving about his amazing performance as Freddie Mercury. His work alone is reason to see the movie.
Scripted by Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour), Bohemian Rhapsody follows the band Queen from their early days playing pubs to becoming one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. The film also stars Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Aaron McCusker.
Here is the official synopsis for Bohemian Rhapsody:
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie 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. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
For more on Bohemian Rhapsody:
- Rami Malek on Playing Freddie Mercury and Oscar Buzz
- ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Deleted Scenes: Here’s What Was Cut from the Film
- ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review: A Showcase of Music and Rami Malek
- Final ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Finds Freddie Mercury Under Pressure
- Exclusive: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ DP Newton Thomas Sigel on Live Aid, Rami Malek, and Bryan Singer’s Exit