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September 1976: British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which was No 1 for 9 weeks. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991).

The Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is back on track with a new director just days after original helmer Bryan Signer was fired.

Dexter Fletcher, a British filmmaker and actor whose credits include Eddie The Eagle, Sunshine On Leith and Wild Bill, is now on the case, with filming expected to resume soon. Fletcher’s acting credits also include Bugsy Malone, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, The Elephant Man, Muppets Most Wanted and more.

Singer was fired this week after not reporting back to the set after Thanksgiving break; In a statement he said he was caring for an elderly parent and also minimized claims of feuding on set with star Rami Malek.

Singer had already filmed a number of scenes, including a recreation of Queen’s famed 1985 performance at Live Aid. Bohemian Rhapsody is still scheduled to premiere on Christmas Day 2018.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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