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Dexter Fletcher to direct 'Bohemian Rhapsody' after Bryan Singer's firing

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds New Director After Bryan Singer's Firing

Singer was originally hired to direct the film, but after several months of filming, he was let go by producers on Monday (11Dec17) after he reportedly failed to return to the set in the United Kingdom after America's Thanksgiving break.

The director is to be replaced by Dexter Fletcher on the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Singer was sacked this week after not reporting back to the set after Thanksgiving break; In a statement he said he was caring for an elderly parent and also minimized claims of feuding on set with star Rami Malek.

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. Two weeks of filming remain, according to sources, and Fox has not changed the film's scheduled premiere.

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Rami Malek will play the Queen singer in the film.

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

20th Century Fox said production would resume next week.

When Ron Howard famously took the reins of Lucasfilm's Han Solo film after original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired earlier this year, he reshot large chunks of the film under the supervision of the studio - he effectively made it his own. "While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving". The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991). Lucy Boynton is playing Mary Austin, lifelong companion of Mercury.

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