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Freddie Mercury biopic halts production due to director’s ‘health matter’

Katrina Hallare

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

| Tue, December 5, 2017 | 10:01 am
Freddie Mercury biopic halts production due to director’s ‘health matter’

Bryan Singer at 'IRIS, A Journey Through the World of Cinema by Cirque du Soleil' premiere on September 25, 2011 at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. (shutterstock.com/ Phil Stafford/File)

Production for the biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been paused due to the director’s absence, supposedly because of a health problem.

According to a report by Deadline, “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer is having health issues, causing yet another rift in the moviemaking process. Singer has not attended the shoot in London for three days.

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The director’s representatives said in a statement that Singer and his family are concerned with a “personal health matter” and is hoping to get back into filming after the holiday season. Twentieth Century Fox then said that the movie’s production will be paused due to Singer’s “unexpected unavailability.”

Despite the setback, the film is still slated for a Christmas Day 2018 release.

Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot” fame takes on the role of the late singer. Previously, Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play Mercury, but dropped out of the project citing creative differences with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, the remaining members of the band who also serve as the movie’s producers.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 
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