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05 December 2017, 01:13 | Lena Norman

Ben Whishaw at the premiere for Spectre 2014

Ben Whishaw at the premiere for Spectre 2014

20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer from its Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio confirmed to Business Insider. It was also due in part to Singer's "unexpected unavailability" that was announced over the weekend.

The filmmaker has been a no-show several times, exasperating the star as well as actor Tom Hollander, who plays Queen's manager and exited the film temporarily at one point.

Well, small wonder, because Fox has now informed The Hollywood Reporter that Singer has been straight FIRED!

"Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio said in a statement. Obviously, there are millions of dollars on the line here, and that's a lot of pressure for any director, even one as experienced as Singer.

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According to THR, and sources associated with filming, it was Singer's constant absence and unreliability during production that led to the film's star, Rami Malek, to complain to the studio, "charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism". "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays".

A new story from The Hollywood Reporter makes specific mention of tension between Singer and Malek. He is believed to have been in the States for roughly the last ten days while the cast and crew have been in London. 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.

No word yet on whether the chaos behind the scenes will have any affect on the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, which is now set to premiere on December 25, 2018.

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