Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' director after firing

The film is named after one of the band's most popular songs

Dexter Fletcher, once upon a time the director in the running to make the film in the first place, is to take over from Bryan Singer on the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Singer was sacked from Bohemian Rhapsody Monday due to his latest extended and, until now, unexplained absence.

The most shocking part of that story - aside from Singer's alleged numerous confrontations with star Rami Malek - was that Bohemian Rhapsody was apparently only weeks away from wrapping principal photography. Fox did not elaborate on why it had fired Singer, but sources said that it was due to repeated failures to show up on the set. The director instead argues he was terminated because Fox would not let him deal with the grave illness of one of his parents. "This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health", he said in a statement at the time.

After Singer's departure from the film was announced on Monday (04Dec17), The Hollywood Reporter claimed the filmmaker was sacked over alleged issues with Rami Malek, who is portraying Mercury in the biopic. Singer, who has several times been the defendant in sexual assault lawsuits, is said to have clashed with "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek and another star, and being frequently absent from the set. His "non-showings" resulted in X-Men: Apocalypse cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel stepping in as a de facto director on a few days of shooting. This move comes three days after the legendary production company forced the Queen biopic to shut down production in London, England.

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As well as directing, Singer is listed as a co-producer, alongside Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, among others.

A representative for Singer attributed his absence to a "personal health matter".

Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are the Champions". That remains unconfirmed for now, but it's clear that there's some trouble brewing behind the scenes and we can only hope that it all gets resolved sooner rather than later.

As LRM (and everyone else on the internet) reported yesterday, Singer was sacked from the project due to his erratic and unprofessional behavior.