Fox may have just turned around the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody in record time, as Bryan Singer goes out one door, the studio has quickly replaced him with Wild Bill and Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.
With Fox still planning on releasing the project in December 2018, there were only two weeks left of filming on the picture in which Fletcher know steps in on, however, if Fletcher feels the need for reshoots the shoot could be extended. Fletcher will also oversee post production on the picture.
Fletcher could have made the cut to take the helm on Bohemian Rhapsody from the fact the veteran filmmaker is to direct another music-based biopic with the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman which is said to be eyeing Kingsman actor, Taron Egerton to play the iconic singer. Production is due to start on the picture at the end of 2017.
Sources close to Fox have revealed that the studio had, in fact, already been contacting filmmakers to take over the helm of the production before they even sacked Singer but have denied this and have also denied that anyone else apart from Fletcher was offered the job. It is unclear whether Fletcher will get a directing credit coming in this late to the project.
Dexter’s acting career started as far backs as 1976 appearing as a child actor in the Bugsy Malone as Baby Face alongside Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, he has since gone on to star in TV shows such as Press Gang in which a whole generation of young Brits in the late 80’s took to their hearts. He has since gone on to star in Caravaggio, Hotel Babylon and Kick-Ass and directed Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith and Eddie the Eagle.