Twentieth Century Fox has already found a replacement for Bryan Singer (“X-Men”). Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle”) will helm the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and is set to resume production next week, according to Deadline. Fletcher will finish up the last two weeks of principal photography, along with additional reshoots; Fox also hopes to keep the film on track for its December 2018 release date.
Fletcher is no stranger to helming biopics, with the director already set to lead “Rocketman,” a biopic on Elton John. Fletcher found his footing in Hollywood on Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” and “Stardust,” moving on to co-write and direct “Wild Bill.” He recently directed “Eddie the Eagle,” which followed the real-life story of underdog Olympian Eddie Edwards and starred Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) and Hugh Jackman (“Logan”). Egerton is also in talks to star in “Rocketman” as the hit singer.
The search for a new director began just last Friday after Singer was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” after numerous complaints of truancy and unprofessionalism, clashing with leading actor Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and nearly driving off actor Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean” series). Cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel (“Drive”) had to step up several times to direct when Singer failed to show up to set. For his part, Singer claims he’s been struggling with a health issue with his mom, hence his absences.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows the legendary rock band Queen on their rise to fame, capping off with their 1985 performance at Live Aid. Malek, Ben Hardy (“Only the Brave”), Gwilym Lee (“Jamestown”), Joseph Mazzello (“The Social Network”) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”) star as the members of Queen, with Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Hollander as the band’s managers. Justin Haythe (“A Cure for Wellness”) and Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) wrote the script, with Regency and Graham King producing.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is set for premiere in Dec. 2018. Fletcher is repped by WME and Independent.