Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Queen biopic

Dexter Fletcher has been hired to replace Bryan Singer as the director of "Bohemian Rhapsody", 20th Century Fox announced on Wednesday. Production had been halted after Singer failed to return to the set after Thanksgiving.

The biographical drama film focuses on the formation of the rock band Queen and the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who is portrayed by actor Rami Malek.

Fletcher, who directed 2013's Sunshine on Leith and last year's Eddie the Eagle, will take charge of the film through its last few weeks of filming and will be involved in post-production.

Singer was sacked by 20th Century Fox after the director went on leave to take care of his parents leading to a halt in production.

The "X-Men" filmmaker has claimed his services were "terminated" by the studio after he asked for some time off to go back to the U.S. to deal with "pressing health matters concerning one of my parents".

Bryan Singer fired from the production of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody over reported clashes and set no-shows. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

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She also revealed that the ambiance of the movie sets it's also a little bit more special than in comparison to the other seasons. This season, there's a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end.

"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", Singer wrote.

The studio statement on Fletcher's hiring doesn't indicate whether or not there'll be reshoots or if he'll be drastically changing the make-up of Singer's film, but it's likely that there'll be a number of scenes reshot as Fox claims that Singer was regularly absent from the set.

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

The cast also includes Allen Leech as Mercury's personal manager Paul Prenter, Ben Hardy as Taylor, Gwilym Lee as May and Joe Mazzello as John "Decay" Deacon, the bassist and composer who handled Queen's financial dealings.

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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