Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer Directing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Bryan Strickland
December 10, 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has confirmed United Kingdom filmmaker Dexter Fletcher will take over with filming to resume next week.

Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. "Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays", Fox said in a statement prior to the director's firing.

A source also tells Variety that Tom Hollander, who was set to play manager Jim Beach, left the film to due Singer's behavior.

Although 20th Century Fox has fired Bryan Singer from the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the director maintains that "it is still my film". On-set reports also claim that on at least one occasion, the film's cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel had to direct a scene while waiting for Singer.

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It remains to be seen how much of Bohemian Rhapsody will be Fletcher's and his much of it will be Singer's. "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen", Singer said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter, "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".

'Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services, ' he continued.

Among his acting appearances, Fletcher starred in British children's TV comedy drama Press Gang between 1989 and 1993, later taking roles in gangster movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake, as well as Steven Spielberg's wartime miniseries Band of Brothers. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.

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