Dexter Fletcher to Replace Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody

Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher has replaced Bryan Singer as the director of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Fletcher joins the production after Singer was sacked on Monday after he failed to show up to set on multiple occasions.

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.

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.

After Singer was sacked from the film for his unreliability and reports of tensions on the set, he ultimately made a decision to leave the studio altogether after, he claims, they wouldn't allow him time to take care of his ailing mother.

Neither Malek nor Singer have publicly commented on the film since Singer's departure and statement.

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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".

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

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.

A Hollywood Reporter story alleges that on-set "chaos" led to the termination, which Singer denies.

The film has been shooting in London; on December 1 studio Twentieth Century Fox confirmed that due to the "unexpected unavailability" of Singer, the production had been put on hold.

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