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Bryan Singer Fired from Queen Movie Bohemian Rhapsody

Bryan Singer Fired from Queen Movie Bohemian Rhapsody

To the surprise of no one, Fox fired Bryan Singer from the helm of Bohemian Rhapsody, after he went AWOL for three days last week when production was to resume after Thanksgiving.

Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, is also reported to have quit the film for a short period of time because of Singer's behavior, but Hollander eventually returned to his role.

"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer", reads Fox's full statement.

Wikimedia Commons/Carl LenderQueen biopic in the works starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel would apparently fill in for him, handling production in Singer's absence.

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[Rami] Malek complained to the studio, charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism.

As one of the most troubled productions in recent memory, Fox's Bryan Singer-helmed Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has had some trouble getting off the ground. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a conflict existed between Mr. Singer and the actor Rami Malek, who is playing the band's lead singer, Freddie Mercury. There's about two more weeks of filming scheduled, but a replacement director has not been announced yet.

The tension built up to an on-set confrontation between the actor and director, which reportedly involved Singer throwing an object. A new director is expected to be revealed within a few days. Over the past decade, multiple sexual assault allegations have been made against the former X-Men director - Jessica Chastain, for instance, recently highlighted past accusations lodged against Bryan Singer - though there's been no mention of any fresh allegations at press time.

A representative for Singer did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for a comment. Singer has also reportedly claimed that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the on set tensions.


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