Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Queen biopic

Dexter Fletcher has replaced Bryan Singer as the director of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Reports also suggest Singer clashed with leading man Malek on set, but the director has since insisted that they had patched up their differences.

20th Century Fox has announced that director Dexter Fletcher will take the reins from Singer, and production on the film (which features Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek as Mercury) will resume next week.

Singer reportedly regularly failed to arrive on set, leaving cinematographer Thomas Newton to fill his shoes. His publicist attributed this to a "personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".

Nominated for a BAFTA Film award for his 2011 directorial debut "Wild Bill", Fletcher is an accomplished actor-turned-director who has starred in numerous film and theatre adaptations throughout his career.

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Singer later issued a statement regarding his departure. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the USA to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. "Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", he said. Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled for release in December 2018. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".

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.

He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'.

As well as Malek portraying enigmatic footman Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy will portray drummer Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello is in line to star as bassist John Deacon and Gwilym Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May.

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