Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Queen biopic

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After Bryan Singer was sacked from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, the troubled Queen biopic that's taken an age to get here, a new director has stepped in to take on the reins of the production and get it across the finish line. His publicist attributed this to a "personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family".

Representatives from Fox have now confirmed that Fletcher, who helmed films such as Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill, will replace Singer.

Singer later issued a statement regarding his departure. 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".

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".

Variety reports that Dexter Fletcher has been hired to finish the film after Bryan Singer was sacked as director earlier this week. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

Singer had already filmed a number of scenes, including a recreation of Queen's famed 1985 performance at Live Aid. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.

He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'.

Last month, Singer shared a photo on his Instagram of Malek playing the late Queen frontman, captioning it: "Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic".

As well as Malek portraying enigmatic footman Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy will portray drummer Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello is in line to star as bassist John Deacon and Gwilym Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May. It is hoped that Fletcher will be able to get the project back on track for its slated December 25, 2018 release.

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