ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE #BohemianRapsody TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 15, 2018
Like thousands of people, writer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter yesterday to give his opinion about the newly-released "Bohemian Rhapsody" trailer, the 20th Century Fox biopic depicting Freddie Mercury's life from the early beginnings of Queen to the band's legendary performance at Live Aid '85.
The trailer shows two scenes featuring Mary Austin, Mercury's long-time girlfriend during Queen's early days and a close friend until his death. Mercury left her a sizable part of his fortune, and she inherited his London mansion, Garden Lodge. However, it only shows a brief scene of Mercury being intimately close to a man. This could be explained by the trailer's main focus being the 70's.
Although there aren't official declarations from those related to the making of the movie, it is unlikely that the film will "het-wash" Mercury's life, given that it depicts Freddie's snippets of Freddie's life in Munich (where he was an active participant of the gay scene) and his last long-time boyfriend, Jim Hutton, who was already with Freddie in 1985, was cast.
Fuller (Hannibal, and American Gods) not only expressed his displeasure at the trailer het-washing, but also took issue with the writing of Fox's synopsis, which reads: "...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."
The biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" will be released this fall and stars American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek as British-Indian (Parsi) singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury. It also features Mike Myers and Littlefinger. You can watch the trailer here: