The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is back on track, having found a new director in the form of Eddie the Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher.
Earlier this week we reported the firing of X-Men’s Bryan Singer from the project, after a period of unreliability and tensions behind the scenes. And now, mere days later, the film has found another helmsman. Fletcher, primarily known as the director of the award-winning film Eddie the Eagle, is no stranger to a music-based movie, having also been director on Sunshine on Leith, a musical based around the songs of Scottish singing duo The Proclaimers.
Charting the band’s rise to superstardom, Bohemian Rhapsody will follow the band to the height of their career at their show-stopping Live Aid performance in 1985. Involved in the production are Queen bandmembers Brian May and Roger Taylor, who are looking to keep the story authentic and the tunes up to standard.
Representing the band members on screen are Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Taylor, Gwilym Lee as May, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.
Bringing Fletcher on quickly means that the film will more than likely still be on track for its planned release, of December 25th, 2018 in the US, and December 28th, 2018 in the UK. Though it will be interesting to see whose name appears on the directing credit.