Friday, 15 December, 2017

'Bohemian Rhapsody' finds director to replace Bryan Singer

Dexter Fletcher is taking over the reins and filming is expected to resume next week Getty Images Dexter Fletcher Bryan Singer
Rita Gibson | 08 December, 2017, 00:03

There has been a change at the helm of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, with Eddie the Eagle helmer Dexter Fletcher coming on board after Bryan Singer was relieved of his duties earlier in the week. It is hoped that Fletcher will be able to get the project back on track for its slated December 25, 2018 release.

'Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, ' Twentieth Century Fox said in a statement.

Singer was sacked from the film because of a pattern of unreliability, culminating in him not returning from the Thanksgiving break and being AWOL for three days. The film features Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, with Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Gwilym Lee as Brian May. Singer's reps disputed part of that narrative, claiming he has been dealing with a health issue with his mother, something that didn't sway the studio in making the switch.

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The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S.to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.

The X-MEN helmer was terminated due to an extended absence from the London film set that caused a production shutdown.

The BBC describes Fletcher as a "Guy Ritchie favorite" who has directed the musical Sunshine On Leith and last year's Eddie The Eagle. Several big filmmakers were courted, including Logan's James Mangold. It will be produced by Fox, New Regency and Graham King's GK Films.

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