Dexter Fletcher is the new director of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to replace the fired Bryan Singer.
Fletcher’s directing credits include “Eddie the Eagle,” which Fox distributed, and “Wild Bill” along with acting credits on “Kick-Ass” and “Stardust”, Production will resume next week in London.
Filming has been taking place in London with “Mr Robot” star Rami Malek in the lead role as Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen. New Regency and GK Films are the production companies.
Fox has not changed its plan to release “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Dec. 25, 2018. Sources have said that about two weeks of the shooting remain.
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 said.
Additionally, Malek had complained about what he perceived as Singer’s lack of professionalism.
A source also said this week that Tom Hollander, who plays Jim Beach, departed the film due to Singer’s behaviour, but was persuaded to return.
The producers are Graham King, Singer, and Jim Beach, Queen’s longtime manager. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan, and Jane Rosenthal are the executive producers.
Fox had announced on Dec. 1 that it had temporarily halted production on “Bohemian Rhapsody” and cited “the “unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.”
Mercury formed Queen with May and Taylor in 1970 and died of complications from HIV/AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45.
Justin Haythe wrote the “Bohemian Rhapsody” script. Fletcher, a London native.