Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Queen biopic

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Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to replace Bryan Singer as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody. Fletcher, primarily known for his roles in Band Of Brothers, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake, previously directed the English crime thriller Wild Bill and the sports comedy biopic Eddie The Eagle, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

20th Century Fox said production would resume next week.

In spite of the last-minute shake-up, Fox is still looking to release the film in the US on 25 December 2018. Singer had managed to finish shooting principle photography before he was booted from the project, thus the question of who receives directorial credit is still up in the air.

Denying any clashes with Malek and the cast, he added: "Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true".

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When Ron Howard famously took the reins of Lucasfilm's Han Solo film after original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired earlier this year, he reshot large chunks of the film under the supervision of the studio - he effectively made it his own.

As a result of Singer's absences, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in to direct on some of the days while Singer was missing, sources told Variety.

When Singer's firing was announced, it was reported that "Mr Robot" star Rami Malek, who stars as Mercury in the movie, had complained to the studio about the director's "unprofessionalism" - with the pair reportedly involved in a number of altercations.

For his part, Singer accused Fox of refusing to give him time off to deal with health issues of one of his parents.

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Ben Hardy is playing drummer Roger Taylor. Lucy Boynton also stars as Mary Austin, Mercury's muse and lover.

"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine".

Justin Haythe wrote the "Bohemian Rhapsody" script. Fletcher, a London native, is repped by WME and Independent.

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