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Director Bryan Singer fired from upcoming Queen biopic

Director Bryan Singer fired from upcoming Queen biopic

On Sunday, production on the film was suspended after the director failed to show up to set. Now, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that 20th Century Fox has fired Singer from the film.

In the film, Malek plays Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Director Bryan Singer has reportedly been fired from the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" after complaints of absences and unprofessional behavior on the set.

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Bohemian Rhapsody will chart the rise of the British rock band Queen through to their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel repeatedly had to step in to film on the days that Singer was a no-show. At one point, tensions apparently led to Singer throwing an object at Malek, although the two are said to have eventually resolved their conflict. The studio is expected to name a new director in the coming weeks. The two were said to have settled their differences, but Singer's vanishing act for the past almost two weeks was the final straw for Fox film chair and CEO Stacey Snider, who fired Singer on Monday.

Singer, also the director of The Usual Suspects, has long had accusations of child sex abuse hover over him - though, it should be said, much fewer formal accusations under the law. Representatives for Singer and representatives for Malek have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment about the reported firing. However, after he reportedly did not come back after the Thanksgiving holiday last month and cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in to take over the production on a few occasions, movie studio executives reportedly chose to fire him. Singer has also reportedly claimed that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the on set tensions.

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