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Queen Biopic Update: Dexter Fletcher Takes Director's Chair
Filming will resume next week on the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, portraying the band Queen with "Mr. Robot"'s Rami Malek playing creative genius Freddie Mercury. It was reported Monday that just two weeks away from completion, the production had paused because of director Bryan Singer's unexpected unavailability. Late on Dec. 6 Variety revealed that actor/director Dexter Fletcher has stepped in as the new director, with filming to resume next week.
Fletcher was originally affiliated with the project and has previously directed Wild Bill (2011), Sunshine On Leith (2013) and Eddie The Eagle (2016). His acting credits include a lead in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) alongside then still-emerging Jason Statham. His experiences as a child actor working on many productions helped him see his way to a career in directing, which will now include having Bohemian Rhapsody all wrapped up for the theaters by Christmas 2018.
"Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine," said previous director Bryan Singer. "This was not my decision, and it was beyond my control." While dealing with a parent's illness, Singer experienced health problems of his own and the studio ultimately decided the show had to go on without him.