Freddie Mercury biopic movie hires new director after Bryan Singer was sacked

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And while the finger-pointing between filmmaker and studio continues, 20th Century Fox has already lined up their replacement: Dexter Fletcher, the English actor and director whose most recent credit behind the camera is the 2016 Olympics drama Eddie the Eagle. The news comes days after production on the film was shut down due to Singer's "unexpected unavailability".

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. Now that Fletcher has agreed to take the reins, production is expected to resume next week, and the film is in no danger of missing its December 2018 release date. At the time, Ben Whishaw was in talks to portray Freddie Mercury after Sacha Baron Cohen, another actor speculated to star and even write and direct, had walked away at some point in the process.

When Singer's firing was announced, it was reported that "Mr Robot" star Rami Malek, who stars as Mercury in the movie, had complained to the studio about the director's "unprofessionalism" - with the pair reportedly involved in a number of altercations. Two weeks of filming remain, according to sources, and Fox has not changed the film's scheduled premiere.

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Fox promptly fired Singer after the X-Men director failed to return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday. Yet Singer claimed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that he was sacked because Fox would not let him take care of a "gravely ill parent". 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.

"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine".

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

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