Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer Directing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer Directing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Singer was originally hired to direct the film, but after several months of filming, he was let go by producers on Monday (11Dec17) after he reportedly failed to return to the set in the United Kingdom after America's Thanksgiving break.

There remains about two more weeks of shooting on Bohemian Rhapsody, Variety noted, citing sources.

X-Men director Singer was sacked by 20th Century Fox from the movie last week.

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.

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Bohemian Rhapsody has been filming in London with Emmy-winning Mr. Robot star Rami Malek in the lead as Mercury, the band's frontman who needs no introduction. For Fletcher, this brief taste of directing a big-name biopic acts as a precursor for his Elton John biopic that's still to come. It is thought that the decision "reflected a growing clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer's being missing from the set". He then accused the studio of refusing to grant him leave in order to care for "a gravely ill parent" as well as his own health.

The film, about British rock band Queen and its frontman, is expected to be released as scheduled on December 25, 2018.

"I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones first", Singer said in a statement, The Wrap reported. It has also been claimed that Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, quit the film at one point because of Singer's behavior.

"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine". Lucy Boynton also stars as Mary Austin, Mercury's muse and lover.

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