Queen biopic gets new director in Dexter Fletcher

09 December, 2017, 13:38 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Fox halted production Dec. 1 saying it was because of the

Rami Malek, who starred in "Mr. Robot", will be playing the lead role of Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen, while actor Tom Hollander will play Jim Beach.

The BBC describes Fletcher as a "Guy Ritchie favorite" who has directed the musical Sunshine On Leith and last year's Eddie The Eagle.

Singer was sacked from the project Monday by 20th Century Fox after failing to return to the project after Thanksgiving break.

According to people with knowledge of the incident, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in numerous time when Bryan Singer failed to show up on set.

Singer later issued a statement regarding his departure.

"With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the United States to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents", he said in a statement.

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"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is a passion project of mine".

'Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services, ' he continued. "This was not my decision and it was beyond my control".

The move was announced Monday, with sources citing excessive absences and lateness as well as conflicts with the film's star Rami Malek, The Wrap reported. He revealed that they did have "creative differences", but they had reportedly settled them prior to the Thanksgiving break.

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.

Named after one of Queen's greatest hits, Bohemian Rhapsody is set for release the week of December 25, 2018.



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