Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, has halted production due to an unspecified health matter for director Bryan Singer, Variety reports. Studio Fox issued only a single sentence statement, which read:
Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.
But Singer isn’t just lazing on a Sunday afternoon. Variety obtained an additional statement from a representative of Singer, which elaborated that the issue was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.”
Joining Malek on the cast are Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon. Sacha Baron Cohen was originally attached to direct the film, but he had one vision which involved an R-rated look at the band, while the band itself had another, so he decided it was best that the show must go on without him and told them “I want to break free” from his contract.
We’ll keep you updated on this developing situation.