Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Troubled Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody halts production

Troubled Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody halts production

Twentieth Century Fox said work had been temporarily halted "due to the unexpected unavailability" of Singer.

UPDATED with statement from Bryan Singer's reps, 5:55 PM: Production has been temporarily halted on Bohemian Rhapsody, the Bryan Singer-directed film about the British rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, with Mr Robot's Rami Malek playing the singing legend.

Both Singer and a family member are believed to be suffering from health problems.

20th Century Fox has announced that filming on its Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended "due to the unexpected availability" of director Bryan Singer, who is dealing with a health issue. There's no information about the nature of his illness.

Filming has been taking place in the United Kingdom, with Mr Robot actor Rami Malek in the lead role.

Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 25, 2018.

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"Sources say that filming on the biopic has not been easy".

THR also reports that Singer has apparently "disappeared during a production" before, on Superman Returns and X-Men: Apocalypse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's high-profile helmer, Bryan Singer, "failed to return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday break, leaving producers nervous about the state of the production and talking about potentially replacing him".

Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are the Champions".

Ben Hardy will portray drummer Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello is in line to star as bassist John Deacon and Gwilym Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May.

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