Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

This week, X-Men director Brian Singer was dismissed from the Freddie Mercury biopic on which he'd been working. Singer's dismissal followed his abrupt absences from the set, which had caused a production halt.

After Singer was sacked from the film for his unreliability and reports of tensions on the set, he ultimately chose to leave the studio altogether after, he claims, they wouldn't allow him time to take care of his ailing mother.

Fletcher, who directed 2013's Sunshine on Leith and last year's Eddie the Eagle, will take charge of the film through its last few weeks of filming and will be involved in post-production.

Fletcher was originally attached to direct the film, with Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall") in the role of legendary rocker Mercury.

Singer denied speculation his exit was down to "a dispute" with lead star Malek - who will play the band's late frontman Mercury in the motion picture - but admitted they did have "creative differences" on set at times.

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.

There remains about two more weeks of shooting on Bohemian Rhapsody, Variety noted, citing sources. That means Bohemian Rhapsody will hit theaters on December 25, 2018, as planned. A mere few days later, he was sacked for "unreliability and unprofessionalism", and allegedly even got into a tense confrontation with Malek over his absences. Singer had managed to finish shooting principle photography before he was booted from the project, thus the question of who receives directorial credit is still up in the air. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991).

Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton.

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