The director is to be replaced by Dexter Fletcher on the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. 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.
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. Fox did not elaborate on why it had fired Singer, but sources said that it was due to repeated failures to show up on the set. That means Bohemian Rhapsody will hit theaters on December 25, 2018, as planned.
Singer reportedly regularly failed to arrive on set, leaving cinematographer Thomas Newton to fill his shoes. Additionally, Malek had complained about what he perceived as Singer's lack of professionalism. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S.to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents.
The producers are Graham King, Singer, and Jim Beach, Queen's longtime manager.
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Whatever their reason, Fox wasn't willing to accommodate its X-Men director, firing him from the project and bidding adieu to his production company, Bad Hat Harry, which had outstayed its welcome on the studio lot.
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. Lucy Boynton is playing Mary Austin, lifelong companion of Mercury.
"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine".