"Bohemian Rhapsody"Film Replaces Bryan Singer With Dexter Fletcher As Director"

Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher is replacing Bryan Singer on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Twentieth Century Fox announced today. Singer's dismissal followed his abrupt absences from the set, which had caused a production halt.

Filming is scheduled to resume next week in London. It's possible that Singer's days as a Hollywood power player are numbered.

Singer had managed to finish shooting principle photography before he was booted from the project, thus the question of who receives directorial credit is still up in the air. As previously reported, Bohemian Rhapsody has about two weeks left in production unless Fletcher (and his deal) allows for reshoots of existing material. Interestingly, Fletcher was one of the names in the running to direct before Singer officially signed on, so everything has come full circle (and the folks at Fox are probably wishing they had just hired him in the first place and avoided all of this drama). At the time, Ben Whishaw was in talks to portray Freddie Mercury after Sacha Baron Cohen, another actor speculated to star and even write and direct, had walked away at some point in the process.

Prior to his dismissal, the studio reportedly received multiple complaints about Singer's unprofessional behaviour, with Jim Beach briefly quitting the film and star Rami Malek getting into a heated altercation with the now-axed director.

Bohemian Rhapsody is still set for a December 25 release.

Fox promptly fired Singer after the X-Men director failed to return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday. 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.

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.