Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bryan Singer Fired From Queen Biopic After Chaotic On-Set Behavior

Bryan Singer Fired From Queen Biopic After Chaotic On-Set Behavior

The news comes days after production on the film was shut down due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability".

The choice to remove Singer from his directorial duties "reflected a growing clash" between the filmmaker and star Rami Malek, who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Bryan Singer has been fired from the Queen biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. News about Singer being the reason behind this halt came from one of his representatives, who revealed that the break in production was due to "a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".

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"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody, '" a 20th Century Fox spokesperson told Business Insider Monday. According to THR, Malek complained about Singer to the studio, accusing him of not "not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism".

Making matters worse, tensions between Malek and Singer got to the point where the two had a heated altercation on set.

THR also claims Tom Hollander briefly quit the movie because of Singer, but eventually returned to the set to continue playing Queen manager Jim Beach. Subsequently, however, the two are said to have settled their differences and filming was expected to resume.

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It's not the first time someone high-profile has left the project.

A source told The News that Singer was sacked for "a pattern of unreliable behavior on set" and that the studio wanted another director to finish the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody is now scheduled to hit theaters in December 2018. 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.

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