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20th Century Fox has discontinued the production of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to the absence of its director, Bryan Singer . According to reports, Singer has been off the set for more than a week, since he never returned from his Thanksgiving holiday.
The film, starring Mr. Robot & # 39; s Rami Malek as the band leader Freddie Mercury, has been in production in London since September, after recently filmed a large replica of the Live Aid concert of 1985. Fox stopped production of the film due to the "unexpected lack of availability" of its director. "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily suspended the production of Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected lack of availability of Bryan Singer," says the full statement. One informant told The Hollywood Reporter that the crew received letters of force majeure on Friday.
Singer had not returned to the set after the holidays, leaving the producers nervous and potentially considering replacing it. Another from THR told the publication that the production of the film has been tense, with Singer routinely appearing late to set and at one point not showing at all, leaving a cinematographer to direct the filming of that day . The singer has the habit of disappearing during the outbreaks, having done it in a similar way during Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse .
A statement given to the BBC says that Singer has taken a "Bryan expects to return to work on the film shortly after the holidays."
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