Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Bryan Singer had been fired from 20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and now a replacement has been found.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Dexter Fletcher will take over directing duties, with filming resuming next week. The actor-turned-director popped his directing cherry in 2011 with Wild Bill before following that up with Sunshine on Leith and last year’s Eddie the Eagle.
Where Singer is concerned, Fox moved to fire him from the feature after reported unaccounted absences from set – not to mention regular arguments with star Rami Malek. For Singer himself, he put out a statement earlier this week to say that he had been dealing with an extremely ill parent, which in turn had taken its toll on his own health.
With Malek on board as Freddie Mercury, the rest of Queen is filled out by Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.
The current plan is for Bohemian Rhapsody to still be released in December 2018 as initially booked in, and Fox has only further reiterated this by moving so quickly to bring in Fletcher to fill the director’s chair.