Eddie The Eagle director Dexter Fletcher signs up to make Queen film

Dexter Fletcher

After Bryan Singer was sacked from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, the troubled Queen biopic that's taken an age to get here, a new director has stepped in to take on the reins of the production and get it across the finish line. Fletcher, who is known for directing "Eddie the Eagle" and "Wild Bill", will start working on the movie next week. That news was followed up by a response from Singer's camp, claiming that the studio did not make allowances for the director to care for an ailing parent.

Reports also suggest Singer clashed with leading man Malek on set, but the director has since insisted that they had patched up their differences.

Singer was sacked Monday after production on the film was suspended due to his absence.

Singer denied any misdoings and issued a lengthy response to his firing through a lawyer - saying an ailing parent pulled his focus from the project and had compromised his own health.

It will be released on December 25, 2018. The dismissal followed an earlier confrontation between the director and star Rami Malek, along with actor Tom Hollander allegedly quitting the movie over Singer's behavior, then returning to work. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. Fletcher, who made his screen debut in 1976's Bugsy Malone, has extensive acting credits that include Stardust and Kick-Ass.

According to Deadline, production will resume next week with Fletcher directing the remaining two weeks of filming. Ben Hardy will essay the role of a drummer Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee will portray lead guitarist Brian May and Joe Mazzello will play bass guitarist John Deacon.

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