'Bohemian Rhapsody' finds new director after Bryan Singer firing

'Bohemian Rhapsody' finds new director after Bryan Singer firing

Only two weeks of production remained when Singer was sacked when he failed to return to the London set of the film, which stars Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Fox has hired filmmaker Dexter Fletcher as the new director of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following the firing of Bryan Singer.

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

Singer was sacked Monday for what a source close to 20th Century Fox told ABC News was a pattern of unreliable behavior on the set.

Representatives from Fox have now confirmed that Fletcher, who helmed films such as Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill, will replace Singer.

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It is believed that there are about two weeks' worth of shooting left, unless he decides to reshoot scenes, and it remains unknown what the director credit on the final film will be. It is hoped that Fletcher will be able to get the project back on track for its slated December 25, 2018 release.

As a result of Singer's absence from the shoot, Variety reported that cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel briefly stepped in.

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".

When Ron Howard famously took the reins of Lucasfilm's Han Solo film after original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired earlier this year, he reshot large chunks of the film under the supervision of the studio - he effectively made it his own.

Singer also said there had been no confrontation between him and Malek, and that apart from creative differences, the two had put their differences aside and were working together harmoniously before the Thanksgiving holiday. Gwilym Lee ("The Hollow Crown") is portraying lead guitarist Brian May and Joe Mazzello ("The Social Network") is in the role of bass guitarist John Deacon. Lucy Boynton also stars as Mary Austin, Mercury's muse and lover.

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