Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher has been hired to complete filming on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after the departure of Bryan Singer.

Fletcher, whose directing credits include Eddie The Eagle and WIld Bill, is expected to start next week once production resumes.

Singer exited the project after what Fox said were unexplained absences. He issued a statement saying the studio did not accommodate his wish to care for an ailing parent. It was also reported the filmmaker had issues with star Rami Malek, although Singer said those had been resolved.

Bohemian Rhapsody was well into production before Singer’s departure. Malek stars as Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, whose flamboyance and extraordinary vocal range led the band to become arguably the biggest on the planet in the 1980s.

Fletcher started out in entertainment as a child actor in Bugsy Malone and his acting credits include Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Doom, and the upcoming Terminal.

Fox and New Regency are producing Bohemian Rhapsody with Graham King’s GK Films. The film is set to open on December 25, 2018.