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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

08 December 2017

And while the finger-pointing between filmmaker and studio continues, 20th Century Fox has already lined up their replacement: Dexter Fletcher, the English actor and director whose most recent credit behind the camera is the 2016 Olympics drama Eddie the Eagle.

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

It is believed that there are about two weeks' worth of shooting left, unless he decides to reshoot scenes, and it remains unknown what the director credit on the final film will be. 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.

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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 studio described Singer going AWOL as an "unexpected unavailability", while the director contended that he was dealing with "a personal health matter".

The film, about British rock band Queen and its frontman, is expected to be released as scheduled on December 25, 2018. A mere few days later, he was sacked for "unreliability and unprofessionalism", and allegedly even got into a tense confrontation with Malek over his absences.

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Singer refutes the claims that a chaotic set environment led to his departure; The director released a statement which said he needed time to care for a "gravely ill parent" as well as his own health.

He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'. Lucy Boynton also stars as Mary Austin, Mercury's muse and lover.

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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'