'Bohemian Rhapsody' replaces Bryan Singer With 'Eddie the Eagle' Director Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher is taking over the reins and filming is expected to resume next week

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Singer's unexpected absence shut down production, forcing Fox to take immediate action.

Singer was sacked from the film because of a pattern of unreliability, culminating in him not returning from the Thanksgiving break and being AWOL for three days.

Nominated for a BAFTA Film award for his 2011 directorial debut "Wild Bill", Fletcher is an accomplished actor-turned-director who has starred in numerous film and theatre adaptations throughout his career. Singer was sacked from the project December 4 after what the studio said were unexplained absences from the set, although the director countered that the studio refused to give him time off to care for an ill parent.

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The film has gone through a lot of snags throughout its years-long development, and for several months between 2013 and 2014, Fletcher was one of the rumored directors attached.

Malek, who plays Mercury, also reportedly complained to the studio, 'charging Singer with not being present on set, unreliability and unprofessionalism, ' said The Hollywood Reporter.

Singer later issued a statement regarding his departure.

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Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. While Singer disputed that account, he did acknowledge that there were "creative differences" but explained that he that he had to "return to the U.S.to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents".

Filming for Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to resume next week. Fletcher will continue to oversee the film through post-production as well with Fox aiming to keep its Christmas Day 2018 release date.

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