Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Queen biopic

US film director Bryan Singer

The Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is back on track with a new director just days after original helmer Bryan Signer was sacked.

Bryan Singer's replacement revealed after the director was sacked earlier this week. Fletcher's directorial credits including Eddie the Eagle, a 2016 film biopic about British ski jumper Eddie Edwards, and Sunshine on Leith, an adaptation of the jukebox musical built around the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers. For Fletcher, working on the Queen movie will serve as practice for the Elton John biopic he's attached to direct.

Bryan Singer fired from the production of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody over reported clashes and set no-shows.

Singer, however, accused Fox of not letting him have time off the project to deal with health issues for one of his parents.

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'Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, ' Twentieth Century Fox said in a statement. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. After reports of the director's unexpected absences from the film set, which required director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel to step in, and rising tensions between Singer and star Rami Malek, Fox went ahead and cut Singer loose. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".

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

Filming has been taking place in the United Kingdom, with Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee starring as Queen's other members.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is now slated for a release date of December 25, 2018.

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