Dexter Fletcher is the New Band Leader for Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Dexter Fletcher

Queen Biopic Finds New Director After Bryan Singer's Firing

It's the second time in a row that Fletcher has presided over a movie about an icon of 1980s British pop culture.

Bohemian Rhapsody is still scheduled to premiere on Christmas Day 2018. 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).

On Wednesday, two days after Bryan Singer was sacked from the project, Fox announced that production of Bohemian Rhapsody will resume next week under the direction of Dexter Fletcher.

Production had been halted after Singer failed to return to the set after Thanksgiving. "With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents", he said, according to Variety. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. Fletcher, primarily known for his roles in Band Of Brothers, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake, previously directed the English crime thriller Wild Bill and the sports comedy biopic Eddie The Eagle, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

When Singer's firing was announced, it was reported that "Mr Robot" star Rami Malek, who stars as Mercury in the movie, had complained to the studio about the director's "unprofessionalism" - with the pair reportedly involved in a number of altercations.

Joining Malek in the biopic are Gwilym Lee of Jamestown as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy of X-Men: Apocalypse as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joseph Mazzello of The Social Network as bassist John Deacon.

In spite of the last-minute shake-up, Fox is still looking to release the film in the US on 25 December 2018.

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