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The official trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody dropped Tuesday morning and the mood of the new preview is in part more somber than the teaser.
For most of it, the longer than two-minute trailer is exhilarating, with the classic music of Queen playing while the audience sees the band from its infancy to its rise to superstardom.
However, there is a darker moment in the trailer when it appears Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, makes a comment about his AIDS diagnosis.
Someone says, “I just need a bit of time,” to which Malek’s Mercury replies, “What if I don’t have time?”
It is hard to tell whether it is two scenes put together or all happening in a single segment, but the description for the 20th Century Fox film reads in part, “While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.”
The trailer also addresses Mercury’s sexuality more than the first trailer, including a moment when a reporter asks him about his private life and Malek’s Mercury dismisses the question.
Along with Malek, the film stars Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon) and Gwilym Lee (Brian May).
Although Dexter Fletcher completed filming after original director Bryan Singer was fired, Singer will get the directing credit on the film. The movie is produced by Graham King.
Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters Nov. 2. Watch the trailer above.
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Sterling K. Brown