Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

REUTERS  MARIO ANZUONIDirector of the movie Bryan Singer poses at the premiere of

The director is to be replaced by Dexter Fletcher on the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

51-year-old Dexter will be directing the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek, after Bryan Singer was sacked for neglecting the project while he tried to care for a sick parent.

He made his directorial debut in 2011 with urban drama Wild Bill, for which he was nominated for a Bafta Film Award, and also directed Sunshine on Leith in 2013.

However, there's some question of whether or not Dexter will be able to add "Bohemian Rhapsody" to his growing list of film credits, given that Bryan Singer had all but completed principal photography on what he described as his "passion project" when his contract with Fox was unexpectedly terminated. Malek portrays Queen star Freddie in the film. So far the movie remains on track for its 2018 release, according to Den Of Geek.

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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. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control". "While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving".

Last month, Singer shared a photo on his Instagram of Malek playing the late Queen frontman, captioning it: "Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic".

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

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

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