Bryan Fuller accuses Bohemian Rhapsody trailer of hiding Freddie Mercury's bisexuality

The trailer briefly shows Mercury about to embrace a man - 20th Century Fox
The trailer briefly shows Mercury about to embrace a man - 20th Century Fox

Bohemian Rhapsody, the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, has been criticised for apparently downplaying his bisexuality, relationships with men, and even his death from Aids. 

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller slammed the company behind the Bohemian Rhapsody for being vague about the Queen singer's death in promotional materials.

He tweeted: "DEAR 20TH CENTURY FOX... Yes, it was a life-threatening illness, but more specifically it was AIDS. From having gay sex with men. Do better."

The trailer for the film features Mercury's partner Mary Austin prominently, but only appears to show his interest in men in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of the singer being approached by a man in a recording studio. 

Jim Hutton, the singer's long-term lover who nursed him until his death, does appear in the film, but it is not yet known how their relationship will be portrayed. 

Fuller slammed the trailer as "hetwashing", a term used when LGBT media is changed to make it more palatable to heterosexual audiences. 

Bohemian Rhapsody has had a notoriously rocky conception. Director Bryan Singer was fired, and former star Sacha Baron Cohen also left the production

Earlier versions of the film were said to feature Mercury's death in the middle of the film before showing how the band continued without him, but the final cut focuses more on Freddie and chronicles 25 years of his career leading up to the 1985 LiveAid concert. 

The Telegraph has contacted 20th Century Fox for a response to Fuller's allegations.