Bryan Singer fired from Freddie Mercury biopic

Bryan Singer fired from Freddie Mercury biopic

The report of Singer's firing arrives just days after 20th Century Fox announced that it had halted production on the film due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability". Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel would apparently fill in for him, handling production in Singer's absence.

Tom Hollander also reportedly quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie.

"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio said in a statement.

A new story from The Hollywood Reporter makes specific mention of tension between Singer and Malek.

Singer has developed a reputation for disappearing mid-production, having also also gone missing during filming for Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Malek, who's made a name for himself as the star of the hit United States of America series Mr. Robot, complained to Twentieth Century Fox about Singer's behavior.

This follows Singer being absent from set on numerous occasions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to another insider, Singer has claimed he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tensions on the set.

The director has yet to comment and has been absent from the set since Thanksgiving, despite being due back in London five days ago. There are still two more weeks of filming left on the schedule, so expect them to move fast to find a replacement, as the film remains slated for December 2018.

With principal photography almost complete, the studio is reportedly still planning to release Bohemian Rhapsody on the originally scheduled date - December 25, 2018.