Earlier this year, Game of Thrones said goodbye to one of the show's most prominent characters: Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger. After years of scheming and painful betrayals, Baelish finally faced justice by the hand of Arya Stark.
While the moment was exciting for a lot of GoT fans, stepping off such a popular show must have been a scary situation for actor Aidan Gillen. Fortunately, however, we shouldn't worry too much about him, because the actor has found his next project.
Get ready, because Gillen will be trading his medieval garbs for fancy '70s suits in #BryanSinger's Bohemian Rhapsody. With the four members of Queen already cast, the film has rounded up the band's two most prominent managers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Mission: Impossible –– Rogue Nation) will play John Beach, while #AidanGillen will portray manager John Reid, who took over the group on 1975.
Even though Reid's run as Queen's manager lasted a mere three years, he had quite an impact on the rock stars. In fact, he's the man responsible for basically keeping Queen afloat.
Just like any up-and-coming band, #Queen had a hard time during their first few years. Eventually, however, they started to find success under the management of a company called Trident. The company helped push songs like "Seven Seas of Rhye" and "Killer Queen," which gave the band the exposure they sought. But there was one little problem with their newfound success: They weren't seeing any money, due to a deal they signed with Trident, and the group faced many financial challenges.
Their monetary situation was so bad, in fact, that Taylor was told to be careful when playing the drums, so as to not break his sticks — because the production company couldn't afford more.
After some time of putting up with that, they understandably decided to part ways with Trident. Enter John Reid, who was Elton John's manager. Under his wing, Mercury, Taylor, May and Deacon finally started seeing profits for their work. Reid enjoyed a close relationship with the band –– especially with #FreddieMercury. During an interview with BBC for the Days of our Lives documentary, for example, Reid revealed that Mercury opened up to him about being gay long before the frontman did it with his bandmates:
"It was the first night I'd gone out to dinner with Fred. I said, 'Freddie, I'd just like to say [...] I hope that you know that I'm gay, and that that's not a problem.' He put his knife and fork down and he said 'so am I!'
Now, the exact reason behind Reid's departure from the group in 1978 is a little foggy. But there are three different accounts of what happened.
According to #BrianMay, Reid had grown biased toward Freddie. His managing endeavors reportedly centered around Mercury as a result, which ultimately didn't work for the group's working relationship.
However, Roger Taylor stated that Reid decided to cut ties with them because Elton John had grown afraid of their rising success: "He was put under terrific pressure by his other artist, Elton John, who naturally felt we were being very successful. And I think Elton felt a bit threatened by the other client. We weren't the only ones, but we were the ones that were really doing very well [...] So I think that we came to the conclusion that, mutually, it would be a good idea to split."
Then there's Reid's version, which he explained during the aforementioned documentary:
"Jim Beach came to me and said, 'look, the band is not unhappy with what you've done. You've done a good job. The contract's coming up. Going forward, they think they would like to manage themselves.' And I thought that was a very nice way to tell me [...] I've never had any difficulties with them at all."
We've spent the past seven years seeing Gillen mostly as a scheming individual willing to do anything to be on top. Taking that into account, it will be a nice change of pace to see him portray the man in charge of pulling Queen out of the ashes and getting them to continue their eventually-fruitful music journey.
If you're eager to see the actor in the role, Bohemian Rhapsody will hit theaters on December 25, 2018.
How do you feel about Littlefinger joining Queen's world? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]