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

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After Singer's departure from the film was announced on Monday (04Dec17), The Hollywood Reporter claimed the filmmaker was sacked over alleged issues with Rami Malek, who is portraying Mercury in the biopic. Numerous actors, including Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw, were attached to play Mercury, and the number of writers and directors involved with it is almost as long as Queen's list of top 40 hits.

20 Century Fox has not announced who will replace Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody's director.

Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to replace Bryan Singer as director on the almost completed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Per THR, the decision was the result of Singer's multiple absences from the set of the Queen biopic. This comes after Bryan Singer was sacked from the production after he didn't show up on the set after the Thanksgiving break.

Singer vanished from the set of the movie, causing production to halt on December 1.

Bryan claims he had to take time off due to the health concerns of one his parents, but after he left to visit the United States, he returned to discover he had lost his job. A man who claims he was sexually abused by the "X-Men" franchise director Singer said Thursday, April 17, 2014, that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued.

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With Fletcher now on board to finish the film, which has about two weeks of principal photography remaining, production is expected to start up again sometime next week. "Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services".

Singer, however, says that this was due to him trying to ted to a gravely ill relative. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control...

The representative for Graham King, the producer-financer for whom Bohemian Rhapsody has always been a passion project, did not respond to a request for comment. Bohemian Rhapsody is set to arrive in theaters on Christmas Day in 2018. This prompted the studio to halt production and to begin looking for another director to finish the movie.

Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are the Champions".

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