Dexter Fletcher to direct 'Bohemian Rhapsody' after Bryan Singer's firing

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Shooting is due to resume next week.

With Bryan Singer out, 20th Century Fox has tapped filmmaker Dexter Fletcher to direct "Bohemian Rhapsody", a biopic about Queen out December 25 next year.

The 51-year-old actor and director has helmed films such as "Eddie the Eagle" and "Wild Bill" and is now set to restart production on the Rami Malek-led biopic after Singer, 52, was sacked by 20th Century Fox, Deadline report.

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. His publicist attributed this to a "personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".

Variety reports that Dexter Fletcher has been hired to finish the film after Bryan Singer was sacked as director earlier this week.

Singer later issued a statement regarding his departure.

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British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was No 1 for 9 weeks. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", he continued. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".

Singer also said there had been no confrontation between him and Malek, and that apart from creative differences, the two had put their differences aside and were working together harmoniously before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014.

Last month, Singer shared a photo on his Instagram of Malek playing the late Queen frontman, captioning it: "Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic". The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991).

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