LONDON: The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” premiered in London in grand style on Tuesday, reflecting the enduring appeal of Queen and their legendary frontman 27 years on from his death.
Fans watched the film in the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena — opposite the stadium where the iconic British rock band gave a famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.
Among the world’s best-selling artists ever, most of the band’s sales have come since the singer’s passing at the age of 45.
And Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, now 71 and 69, are still rocking arenas worldwide, resurgent as a live act propelled by the flamboyant US vocalist Adam Lambert.
In the pipeline for eight years, the film could deliver another smash hit, with Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek winning rave reviews for his performance as Mercury.
Malek has talked about tackling a complex character — a publicly bombastic yet privately shy individual with a highly unusual path to stardom.
“Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly,” the actor said on the red carpet.
“He was a revolutionary.”