Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer At The Helm Of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

However, Fox decided to make a move after a reported escalating clash between Singer and lead actor Rami Malek, who is portraying Freddie Mercury in the film, over the director's absence from the set. Fox announced the change-up on Wednesday, Dec. 6, merely two days after dismissing Singer from the job. Fletcher, who directed 2013's Sunshine on Leith and last year's Eddie the Eagle, will take charge of the film through its last few weeks of filming and will be involved in post-production. Interestingly, Fletcher was one of the names in the running to direct before Singer officially signed on, so everything has come full circle (and the folks at Fox are probably wishing they had just hired him in the first place and avoided all of this drama).

Singer had managed to finish shooting principle photography before he was booted from the project, thus the question of who receives directorial credit is still up in the air.

Singer never returned to the set after a planned Thanksgiving break, though. While some reports attributed his absence to clashes with the film's star, Rami Malek, Singer himself downplayed any discord, and explained he simply needed to take some time off to deal with a family matter involving his mother's health. So far the movie remains on track for its 2018 release, according to Den Of Geek. The film features Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, with Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Gwilym Lee as Brian May. 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.

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