The Freddie Mercury biopic has been put on hold

Rami Malek is depicting the late Queen singer

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been put on hold due to director Bryan Singer. He is best known for directing the ‘X-Men‘ franchise.

The film, which stars Emmy award-winning actor Rami Malek as the Queen frontman, has been shooting over the past few months.

However, Singer has now become “unexpectedly unavailable” after he failed to return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday.


His absence was noted as “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family,” according to a representative for the director.

However, THR has previously reported that Singer has clashed the cast and crew in the past and has failed to turn up to set once before.

Sacha Baron Cohen had been set to write, direct and star as Mercury since the film was announced in September 2010 but in the summer of 2013 he pulled out of the project, reportedly because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, were unable to agree on the type of movie they wanted to make.

Baron Cohen added that Brian May is an “amazing musician” but “not a great movie producer.”

Last month, Singer shared a photo on his Instagram of Malek playing the late Queen frontman, captioning it: “Couldn’t help myself and had to post this iPhone pic.”


The full cast of the film was revealed shortly after, with ‘X-Men Apocalypse”s Ben Hardy playing drummer Roger Taylor, ‘The Tourist”s Gwilym Lee portraying Brian May and ‘Jurassic Park”s Joe Mazzello taking the role of bass guitarist John Deacon.