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Dexter Fletcher to replace Bryan Singer on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

08 December 2017

Production on Bohemian Rhapsody will resume next week in London.

There are only a few weeks left on the shoot, which Fletcher will now oversee and then guide the film through post-production.

Singer was sacked from the set on Monday, Dec. 4.

The film, about British rock band Queen and its frontman, is expected to be released as scheduled on December 25, 2018. After reports of the director's unexpected absences from the film set, which required director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel to step in, and rising tensions between Singer and star Rami Malek, Fox went ahead and cut Singer loose. After all, he's also lined up to make films about The Kinks and Elton John.

Explaining his disappearance, the filmmaker's representatives claimed he has been dealing with a health issue concerning his mother. The question now is whether Fletcher is coming on as an emergency surgeon to save the production and patch it all back together or if he'll be allowed to reshape the film beyond Singer's original vision. Fletcher's acting credits also include Bugsy Malone, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, The Elephant Man, Muppets Most Wanted and more. While Singer disputed that account, he did acknowledge that there were "creative differences" but explained that he that he had to "return to the U.S.to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents". Several big filmmakers were courted, including Logan's James Mangold. The payday will be big, but it will be very hard for another filmmaker to get directing credit on the film. It will be produced by Fox, New Regency and Graham King's GK Films.

Dexter Fletcher to replace Bryan Singer on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody