Dexter Fletcher to direct Freddie Mercury biopic

Fox halted production Dec. 1 saying it was because of the

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According to Deadline, production resumes next on the film with actor come filmmaker Fletcher shooting the last two weeks of the film and handling the film's post-production. 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.

Funnily enough, Singer's replacement - Dexter Fletcher - was originally involved in the biopic back when Ben Whishaw was to play Mercury instead of Mr. Robot's Rami Malek. It had been filming in London.

Singer was originally hired to direct the film, but after several months of filming, he was let go by producers on Monday (11Dec17) after he reportedly failed to return to the set in the United Kingdom after America's Thanksgiving break.

The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014.

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Production had been halted after Singer failed to return to the set after Thanksgiving.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is scheduled for release Christmas 2018. A mere few days later, he was sacked for "unreliability and unprofessionalism", and allegedly even got into a tense confrontation with Malek over his absences. While some reports attributed his absence to clashes with the film's star, Rami Malek, Singer himself downplayed any discord, and explained he simply needed to take some time off to deal with a family matter involving his mother's health.

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

The movie also stars Mike Myers, "Game of Thrones" star Aidan Gillen, and "Sing Street"'s Lucy Boynton.

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