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Mercury Rising

A first look at the authorized Queen biopic


The rhapsody is building for the release of the long-awaited, often-delayed Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which hits theaters November 2.

The first trailer splices together quick shots of the band at work and play, accompanied by snippets of their greatest hits, including "Killer Queen," "Another One Bites the Dust" and, of course, the title track.

"This is where the operatic section comes in," says singer and creative genius Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek of "Mr. Robot") in the recording studio.

"Huh, the operatic section," responds guitarist Brian May (British actor Gwilym Lee). "Yeah."

"The only thing more extraordinary than their music," says the promotional tease, a nod to the film's focus on Mercury's mercurial life, "is his story."

The Queen-sanctioned project dates back to 2010, when Sacha Baron Cohen signed on to star as Mercury, who was 45 when he died of AIDS in 1991. But the actor dropped out after a dispute with May. Malek was hired to replace him last summer.

More recently, the production had to scamper for a new director when Bryan Sanger failed to show up after Thanksgiving, citing "pressing health matters" in his family. Dexter Fletcher ("Eddie the Eagle") was then hired to finish the film and will share the director's credit with Sanger.