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Freddie Mercury Biopic Changes Directors

Celebs December 7, 2017 By Vincent

For some time now, the remaining band members of the legendary rock-group Queen have been looking at producing a biopic of their late friend and former lead singer Freddie Mercury that would encompass the origins of the whole band but the long-gestating project has been hit time and again by trying to find the right actors as well as difference of opinion.

 Ali G and Borat star Sacha Baron-Cohen had initially been cast as the camp showman Mercury but went his separate way from the film after disagreeing with the direction the project was taking before Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame was confirmed to play Freddie in the film.

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The movie was then to be directed by Bryan Singer who is best known for his work on The Usual Suspects and the X-Men series of films with the title being named after the band's biggest hit, Bohemian Rhapsody. However, Singer was fired from the production just a week shy of completing shooting for apparently unreliable behavior, something he contested saying it was down to his health issues. In a statement issued through his lawyer, Singer said he had asked for time off to deal with a "pressing" family matter.

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"Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services," he continued.

Now it has been confirmed that actor turned Bafta-nominated director Dexter Fletcher has been brought back into the fold after leaving the film in 2014 due to creative differences with producers. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with urban drama Wild Bill, for which he was nominated for a Bafta Film Award, and also directed Sunshine on Leith in 2013.

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Here's hoping that all gets sorted out and we see a film that lives up to its potential about the iconic singer.


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