'Bohemian Rhapsody' moves on with Dexter Fletcher

Ellen Mills
December 10, 2017

Officials at 20th Century Fox fired Bryan Singer as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Monday after he failed to show up for work on multiple occasions. Fletcher only has a few directing credits to his name - Wild Bill (2011), Sunshine on Leith (2013) and Eddie the Eagle (2016) - but he's also an established actor who's been working since 1976.

The film was almost finished when Singer was sacked and Fletcher, who was originally tapped to direct the film in 2014 but left the project over creative differences, was rehired, according to The Wrap.

Reports also suggest Singer clashed with leading man Malek on set, but the director has since insisted that they had patched up their differences. Singer's unexpected absence shut down production, forcing Fox to take immediate action.

Before turning to directing, Fletcher was best known for his roles in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and ITV's Press Gang.

"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", he said in a statement. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

It is expected to be released in December 2018 as planned. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.

It's the second time in a row that Fletcher has presided over a movie about an icon of 1980s British pop culture. There were also rumors of issues between Singer and the film's star, Rami Malek, who is playing Freddie Mercury.

Filming has been taking place in the United Kingdom, with Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee starring as Queen's other members.

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