'Bohemian Rhapsody' to premiere at London's Wembley Arena on October 23
The Queen biopic will premiere at the same venue that was host to the band's stellar 1985 Live Aid performance in London.
One of Queen’s most iconic performances was the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance at the Wembley Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 72,000 fans. So it’s only fitting that 'Bohemian Rhapsody', the big-screen biopic of the band, is to have its world premiere at the famous London venue.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox has revealed that the film, which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, will have its world premiere at The SSE Wembley Arena in London on October 23. Given that Queen's stellar 1985 performance was beamed live to 1.5 billion people around the world from the Wembley Stadium right next door, a more apt location would be hard to find.
Some 6,500 fans are to be welcomed to the venue to celebrate the release, walking the red carpet alongside stars of the film including Malek, Lucy Boyton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Allen Leech, Aidan Gillen, Mike Myers and producer Graham King. Joining the cast on the red carpet will be Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
Twentieth Century Fox also announced that that the premiere, which will be open to the public, will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the organization founded in Freddie’s name that supports HIV/AIDS initiatives globally. "We’re delighted to be at The SSE Arena, Wembley giving Queen fans the chance to share in what is going to be a fantastic event," said Fox's managing director UK Chris Green. "The venue is perfect for showcasing the show-stopping performances in the film."
Bohemian Rhapsody is described by the studio as a “foot-stomping celebration” of the band and lead singer Mercury.
It traces the rise of the band as well as Mercury’s pursuit of a solo career before reuniting for the Live Aid performance after being diagnosed with AIDS. The film hit a kink after Bryan Singer -- who is solely credited as director on the feature -- was fired from the film after going AWOL for three days on the set, leaving director Dexter Fletcher to fill in and finish the film with three weeks left to shoot.
'Bohemian Rhapsody' premieres on Oct. 24 in the UK and on Nov. 2 in the US.