Bryan Singer Fired as Director of Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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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. Twentith Century Fox released the following statement to THR: "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody." . The film stars Rami Malik as Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazello as bassist John Deacon. According to THR, Malek complained about Singer to the studio, accusing him of not "not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism".

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Singer is no longer attached to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical biopic about the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury, after his erratic behavior allegedly brought production to a standstill late last week.

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 absent.

Principal photography on the movie began this past September, and is expected to take about two more weeks to complete.

Before their Thanksgiving break, the tension between Singer and Malek erupted to the point where during a confrontation between the two, the director reportedly threw an object at the actor.

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This is not the first time Singer went missing during a production. The 52-year-old had previously directed The Usual Suspects, four X-Men movies and Superman Returns, among others.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2018.

A new director is expected to be announced within the next few days.

Bohemian Rhapsody now is scheduled to premiere in December 2018.