“Bohemian Rhapsody” Director Replaced…

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Will recent lineup changes for the Freddie Mercury film be its downfall?

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (photo via MovieWeb)

Around Thanksgiving, the director of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody went missing. Well, now we have the answer to what happened.

On Monday, December 4, 20th Century Fox fired Director Bryan Singer from the project. Singer, who Twitter user Justin Smith accused of sexual assault, lost his role as director after his many absences as well as an altercation he had with star actor Rami Malek, who’s playing the role of Mercury.

In a statement to BBC, singer’s representative said Singer disappeared due to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.”

The film production had shut down until recently when Fox hired director Dexter Fletcher to replace Singer.

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Director Bryan Singer (photo via Business Insider)

“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen,” Singer said in a statement. “But Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.”

Although the movie about Queen almost didn’t happen, back when Sacha Baren Cohen was expected to portray Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody is still set for a Christmas 2018 release.

Cohen left production after learning how the movie was structured. Mercury’s death would happen halfway through the movie. And then the rest of the film would be about the other band members continuing on. Cohen didn’t like that idea.

”Listen,” Cohen said. “Not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you see how the band carries on.”

Alongside Malek, Joseph Mazzello plays John Deacon, Ben Hardy plays Roger Taylor, and Gwilym Lee plays Brian May.

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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