Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody director

Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody director

Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody director

As expected, 20th Century Fox has moved quickly to set a new director for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following the studio's firing of Bryan Singer. However, Fox decided to make a move after a reported escalating clash between Singer and lead actor Rami Malek, who is portraying Freddie Mercury in the film, over the director's absence from the set. At the time, Ben Whishaw was in talks to portray Freddie Mercury after Sacha Baron Cohen, another actor speculated to star and even write and direct, had walked away at some point in the process. Fletcher will resume production next week. Fletcher will continue to oversee the film through post-production as well with Fox aiming to keep its Christmas Day 2018 release date.

Singer was sacked Monday for what a source close to 20th Century Fox told ABC News was a pattern of unreliable behavior on the set. Yet Singer claimed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that he was sacked because Fox would not let him take care of a "gravely ill parent".

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Prior to his dismissal, the studio reportedly received multiple complaints about Singer's unprofessional behaviour, with Jim Beach briefly quitting the film and star Rami Malek getting into a heated altercation with the now-axed director. 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.

Filming has been taking place in the United Kingdom, with Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee starring as Queen's other members. Fletcher's acting credits also include Bugsy Malone, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, The Elephant Man, Muppets Most Wanted and more.

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