‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cast discuss Bryan Singer’s departure from Queen biopic

"Everyone was so invested in it".

The stars of Bohemian Rhapsody have spoken out on how they refused to panic when Bryan Singer left the Queen biopic midway through production.

Despite eventually receiving the main directorial credit on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Singer was sacked in December 2017 after a series of disputes with both Rami Malek and bosses at 20th Century Fox.

But while Eddie The Eagle helmer Dexter Fletcher was drafted in to finish the film, actor Gwilym Lee insists that the uncertainty was never felt on set.

Lee, who portrays guitarist Brian May, told the Hollywood Reporter: “We always knew the film was going to get finished.”

“We always knew it was going to be done. Because everyone was so invested in it. Everyone was very, very passionate about this film – cast and crew. So even on the toughest days, we all looked at each other and we knew we’d get each other through.

He added: “In the face of adversity, there was an incredible bond between everybody on set. There was a certainty that it was going to get done, that it was going to get finished.”

Joe Mazzello, who portrays bassist John Deacon, went on: “We felt like the producers cared so deeply about this; Rami [Malek], the other actors cared so deeply; the crew. If things would go wrong on set and they had to stay for three hours over, they would stay for the boys – talking about us.

“It was so moving, because everyone just felt like a family,” Mazzello told THR. “So when you feel that kind of respect and love for one another, you know the movie’s going to get finished and it’s going to get finished well.”

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that the cast filmed a full run-through of Queen‘s Live Aid performance – and it could be released as a standalone feature.

The movie is bookended by Queen’s performance at the July 13, 1985 benefit concert, which took place at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The four-piece played a six-song set on that day: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Radio Ga Ga’, ‘Hammer to Fall’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and closer ‘We Are the Champions’.

Speaking to Collider, Malek said: “We did the entire concert together.

“That’s when we felt at our best. You need to go from one song to the next to have that same adrenaline rush that they had. We had an audience of Queen fans out there recreating that iconic concert and it’s an adrenaline rush like you could never imagine.”