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Freddie Mercury biopic replaces director Bryan Singer

Freddie Mercury biopic replaces director Bryan Singer
Dexter Fletcher is the new "Bohemian Rhapsody" director.
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The upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, lost its director Bryan Singer on Monday. But by Wednesday, a new director was announced: Dexter Fletcher.

Fletcher, a British actor who has directed three other films including 2016's Eddie the Eagle, was tapped after Twentieth Century Fox fired Singer for not showing up to set on multiple occasions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also reportedly clashed with the film's star Rami Malek, who plays the late Queen frontman.

Singer's replacement, Fletcher, most recently made a film about another famous British man: ski jumper Eddie Edwards, who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. 

Bohemian Rhapsody is set for a Christmas release in 2018 — unless setbacks delay production.