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Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody director

Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as Bohemian Rhapsody director

After Bryan Singer was sacked from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, the troubled Queen biopic that's taken an age to get here, a new director has stepped in to take on the reins of the production and get it across the finish line.

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. The new director certainly has less experience in the job, but there's every reason he'll do it justice.

Fletcher has previously directed Eddie the Eagle for Fox and Wild Bill. It has also been claimed that Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach, quit the film at one point because of Singer's behavior. '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, a staple at Fox who has helmed multiple entries in their X-Men franchise, disputed the studio's claims and released a statement through his attorney Andrew B. Brettler saying that he was not given time to deal with an illness in the family and his own health.

Funnily enough, Singer's replacement - Dexter Fletcher - was originally involved in the biopic back when Ben Whishaw was to play Mercury instead of Mr. Robot's Rami Malek.

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"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", Singer wrote.

He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'.

Bohemian Rhapsody stars Malek as Mercury, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May, and Joe Mazzello as bass guitarist John Deacon.

The filmmaker will also oversee post-production as Fox hopes to keep the film on track for December 2018.

A Hollywood Reporter story alleges that on-set "chaos" led to the termination, which Singer denies.


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