Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' director after firing

The film is named after one of the band's most popular songs

Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to replace Bryan Singer as director on the almost completed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Singer had been absent from the set a few times, and 20th Century Fox finally took the step of terminating his involvement in the movie after he failed to return following the Thanksgiving break. It was announced earlier this year that the X-Men director would be helming a film following the members of British rock band Queen, which rose to popularity in the 1970s.

The project is now on hold until at least January while a director search ensues, and it's fully expected that Bohemian Rhapsody will be completed and eventually hit theaters... but what should we expect from a film marked by controversy and multiple directors?

"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".

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Bohemian Rhapsody is set for a Christmas release in 2018 - unless setbacks delay production.

The film has been in production in London since September. Singer also stated that while he and Malek did clash at points, this was not the main reason he was let go from the project. Actor Rami Malek who stars as Freddie Mercury in the film complained to the studio about Singer's unprofessionalism on behalf of the cast. Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel reportedly filled in for him on some of the days he was gone.

Fox has tapped Dexter Fletcher as the new director of the Freddie Mercury biopic. This will be a good warm up for him as he's previously been tapped to direct an upcoming biopic with singer Elton John as the subject. When it has earlier halted production December 1, the studio cited the absence the "unexpected unavailability" of the filmmaker.

Singer was said to have already been warned by Fox heads about misbehaving on set, and a representative from the Directors Guild of America has even been present on set to monitor the situation. That remains unconfirmed for now, but it's clear that there's some trouble brewing behind the scenes and we can only hope that it all gets resolved sooner rather than later. "It won't just be the dark Freddie story, but that being said, that [aspect of him] also will be honored", Singer told EW in September. This isn't the first time the director has failed to show up on set, with similar incidents reported during shooting for "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Superman Returns".

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