Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Director Bryan Singer's replacement on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody revealed

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Stacy Diaz | 07 December, 2017, 18:41

Shooting is due to resume next week.

The Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is back on track with a new director just days after original helmer Bryan Signer was sacked.

Singer was sacked from the high-profile project on Monday this week over reported absences and alleged conflicts with actor Rami Malek, who portrays Freddie Mercury in the film.

When Ron Howard famously took the reins of Lucasfilm's Han Solo film after original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired earlier this year, he reshot large chunks of the film under the supervision of the studio - he effectively made it his own.

Fletcher joins the production after Singer was sacked on Monday after he failed to show up to set on multiple occasions.

Bryan Singer fired from the production of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody over reported clashes and set no-shows.

Neither Malek nor Singer have publicly commented on the film since Singer's departure and statement. 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. Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled for release in December 2018. 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 full cast of the film was revealed shortly after, with 'X-Men Apocalypse" s Ben Hardy playing drummer Roger Taylor, 'The Tourist" s Gwilym Lee portraying Brian May and 'Jurassic Park" s Joe Mazzello taking the role of bass guitarist John Deacon. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".