Fletcher replaces Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody

Fletcher replaces Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody

Fletcher replaces Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody

After escalating on-set tension with the cast and crew, frequent abscences, as well as previous allegations of sexual misconduct, director Bryan Singer had been fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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. He made his directorial debut with 2011's Wild Bill and most recently directed 2016's Eddie the Eagle, about the British ski jumper who took the 1988 Winter Olympics by storm. For Fletcher, working on the Queen movie will serve as practice for the Elton John biopic he's attached to direct.

Singer was sacked from the film because of a pattern of unreliability, culminating in him not returning from the Thanksgiving break and being AWOL for three days.

Singer, however, accused Fox of not letting him have time off the project to deal with health issues for one of his parents.

A source also tells Variety that Tom Hollander, who was set to play manager Jim Beach, left the film to due Singer's behavior.

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'Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, ' Twentieth Century Fox said in a statement.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2018.

"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services", Singer wrote.

The film, starring Rami Malek, Joe Mazello, Ben Hardy, and Gwilyn Lee, covers a key period in the life of the band Queen, which Mercury fronted.

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