Director Bryan Singer departs Queen biopic mid-production

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According to report, filming for the biopic has been taking place in the United Kingdom for weeks, but its director has been off the set for more than a week already, prompting Fox to halt the production.

Another actor, Tom Hollander, who's playing Queen manager Jim Beach, reportedly briefly quit the movie in response to Singer's erratic behavior.

"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", reads a statement from the studio obtained by the publication. It all seemed to turn around when Mr. Robot's Rami Malek was cast in his place; the first image of him as Mercury was awesomely accurate.

Previously, Singer was also reported to have unexplained absences during the productions of "Superman Returns" and "X-Men: Apocalypse".

Confirming days of rumor and innuendo surrounding the film, The Hollywood Reporter broke that Singer's alleged unprofessional and chronic disappearances came to a head after Singer vanished from the set for a full 10 days after the Thanksgiving break concluded.


20 Century Fox had to temporarily stop the production of Queen's biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" due to director-producer Bryan Singer's current health situation.

Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody. His no-shows resulted in cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to helm some of the days while Singer was missing.

The growing tension led to a confrontation between Singer and Malek, which, while it did not become physical between the two did involve Singer throwing an object. For example, insiders tell THR that producers and his star had grown exhausted of Singer's behavior, which saw him routinely show up late to set. The studio has not confirmed when a new director will be named.

Fueling tension was an incident on Friday, due to Singer not showing up to the film London's set. The hope is to have a new director soon for the movie's two remaining weeks of principal photography.

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