Freddie Mercury 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Biopic Director Fired (Week in Review)

Kristen Gonzales
December 10, 2017

With Fletcher at the helm, production is expected to resume next week.

Named after one of Queen's greatest hits, Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release the week of December 25, 2018.

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. However, Singer's version of the film was - at the time of his firing - only three weeks away from completing filming.

Twentieth Century Fox has rehired Dexter Fletcher to replace Bryan Singer as director of "Bohemian Rhapsody", a biopic on the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Only two weeks of production remained when Singer was sacked when he failed to return to the London set of the film, which stars Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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"I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honour the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen", he said in a statement. His directing credits include EDDIE THE EAGLE, SUNSHINE ON LEITH and WILD BILL, while his acting credits include KICK-ASS and TWO SMOKING BARRELS.

Singer denied the reports and said through a lawyer that he had asked for time off to take care of his sick mother, an ongoing situation that also had affected his own health. He revealed that they did have "creative differences", but they had reportedly settled them prior to the Thanksgiving break.

Joining Malek in the biopic are Gwilym Lee of Jamestown as guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy of X-Men: Apocalypse as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joseph Mazzello of The Social Network as bassist John Deacon.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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