Dexter Fletcher is the New Band Leader for Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Dexter Fletcher is the New Band Leader for Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

After Bryan Singer was sacked from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, the troubled Queen biopic that's taken an age to get here, a new director has stepped in to take on the reins of the production and get it across the finish line.

"Production on the Freddie Mercury biopic will resume next week in the U.K. Fletcher's credits include "Eddie the Eagle" and 'Wild Bill". Well, it appears the film has found a new band leader: Dexter Fletcher. The director left the project in March 2014 over creative differences, and eventually Singer came on board with star Rami Malek. The question now is whether Fletcher is coming on as an emergency surgeon to save the production and patch it all back together or if he'll be allowed to reshape the film beyond Singer's original vision.

"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.

In a statement issued through his lawyer, Singer said he had asked for time off to deal with a "pressing" family matter. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has confirmed United Kingdom filmmaker Dexter Fletcher will take over with filming to resume next week. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services.

The film, about British rock band Queen and its frontman, is expected to be released as scheduled on December 25, 2018.

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.

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