Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.
ActorsStarring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Allen Leech, Aaron McCusker, Meneka Das, Ace Bhatti, Priya Blackburn, Max Bennett, Dermot Murphy, Dickie Beau, Jack Roth, Neil Fox-Roberts, Philip Andrew, Jess Radomska, Adam Rauf, Matthew Houston, Michelle Duncan, Scott Morrison Watson, Devlin Lloyd, Garry Summers, Matthew Fredricks, Stefan Kopiecki, Pat Lally, Ian Jareth Williamson, Johanna Thea, Adam Lazarus, Peter Vo, Lasco Atkins
In 1970, Farrokh Bulsara, an Indian-British Parsi college student and baggage handler at Heathrow Airport, watches a local band who he has been following for a while, named Smile, perform at a nightclub. After the show, he meets Smile guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and offers to replace their singer Tim Staffell, who had just quit earlier that night. With the addition of bassist John Deacon, the band – now known as Queen – play gigs across Britain until they sell their van to produce their debut album. Their musical style lands them a contract with EMI Records. At the same time, Farrokh legally changes his name, now going by Freddie Mercury and becomes engaged to Biba shop assistant Mary Austin. The album hits the charts in America, and, during the band’s U.S. tour, Freddie begins questioning his sexuality.
In 1975, Queen record their fourth album, A Night at the Opera, but leave EMI when executive Ray Foster refuses to release the six-minute song “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the album’s lead single. Freddie has DJ Kenny Everett debut the song on the radio. Despite mixed reviews, “Bohemian Rhapsody” becomes a smash hit. Following a world tour, Freddie begins an affair with Paul Prenter, the band’s day-to-day manager. Mary breaks up with Freddie when he comes out to her as bisexual, although she assures him that he is gay.
The band’s success continues through to the early 1980s, but tensions arise over the direction of their music and changes in Freddie’s attitude resulting from his relationship with Paul. In 1980, after a lavish party at his home, Freddie falls for Jim Hutton, a waiter at the party. They soon part ways, with Jim telling Freddie to find him when he learns to like himself. A press conference to promote the 1982 album Hot Space is hijacked by the press, who bombard Freddie with questions about his personal life and sexuality, to which Freddie responds with insults and refusals towards the press…