Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer as director of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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

The studio described Singer going AWOL as an "unexpected unavailability", while the director contended that he was dealing with "a personal health matter".

The film has about two weeks left in shooting.

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Days after announcing that X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer had been fired from the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox has announced who will take the reins and complete production on the 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.

The move comes after Singer failed to return to set last week after the Thanksgiving holiday.

"With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the USA to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents", he said in a statement. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. His directing credits include EDDIE THE EAGLE, SUNSHINE ON LEITH and WILD BILL, while his acting credits include KICK-ASS and TWO SMOKING BARRELS. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.

"I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones first", Singer said in a statement, The Wrap reported. Ben Hardy will essay the role of a drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee will portray lead guitarist Brian May and Joe Mazzello will play bass guitarist John Deacon.