Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds New Director After Bryan Singer's Firing

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds New Director After Bryan Singer's Firing

Sacha Baron Cohen had been set to write, direct and star as Mercury since the film was announced in September 2010 but in the summer of 2013 he pulled out of the project, reportedly because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, were unable to agree on the type of movie they wanted to make.

A few days ago, Bryan Singer was sacked from his position as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Fletcher, primarily known for his roles in Band Of Brothers, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake, previously directed the English crime thriller Wild Bill and the sports comedy biopic Eddie The Eagle, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

Singer was sacked this week after not reporting back to the set after Thanksgiving break; In a statement he said he was caring for an elderly parent and also minimized claims of feuding on set with star Rami Malek.

Whatever their reason, Fox wasn't willing to accommodate its X-Men director, firing him from the project and bidding adieu to his production company, Bad Hat Harry, which had outstayed its welcome on the studio lot.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" will feature Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek as the legendary Freddie Mercury.

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.

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

Bohemian Rhapsody is still expected to hit theaters on December 25, 2018.

As a result of Singer's absences, cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel had to step in to direct on some of the days while Singer was missing, sources told Variety.

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 United States to deal with "pressing health matters concerning one of my parents". He also acted in films such as Kick-Ass and Stardust. "While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving". Lucy Boynton is playing Mary Austin, lifelong companion of Mercury.

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