'Bohemian Rhapsody' Gets New Director After Brian Singer's Departure


A replacement has now been found for Bryan Singer after he was axed from the "Bohemian Rhapsody" project, with Dexter Fletcher stepping into his shoes. Singer's dismissal followed his abrupt absences from the set, which had caused a production halt.

Nominated for a BAFTA Film award for his 2011 directorial debut "Wild Bill", Fletcher is an accomplished actor-turned-director who has starred in numerous film and theatre adaptations throughout his career.

The studio statement on Fletcher's hiring doesn't indicate whether or not there'll be reshoots or if he'll be drastically changing the make-up of Singer's film, but it's likely that there'll be a number of scenes reshot as Fox claims that Singer was regularly absent from the set.

Bryan Singer fired from the production of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody over reported clashes and set no-shows.

Singer was sacked by 20th Century Fox after the director went on leave to take care of his parents leading to a halt in production.

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Bohemian Rhapsody is still slated for a December 28th, 2018 release.

Bryan Singer's replacement revealed after the director was sacked earlier this week.

"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first", Singer wrote. The director left the project in March 2014 over creative differences, and eventually Singer came on board with star Rami Malek.

But as Variety reports, a source claims Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen band manager Jim Beach, walked away as well because of Singer's behavior, but was convinced to return.

As well as Malek portraying enigmatic footman Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy will portray drummer Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello is in line to star as bassist John Deacon and Gwilym Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May.