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Freddie Mercury biopic loses director Dexter Fletcher

By | Published on Monday 17 March 2014

Freddie Mercury

Dexter Fletcher has stepped down as the director of the much previously reported Freddie Mercury biopic, which has been in the works for several years now.

According to Deadline, Fletcher and producer Graham King did not see eye to eye on the direction of the film. Fletcher’s last project was the musical ‘Sunshine On Leith’, based on the music of The Proclaimers.

As previously reported, Sacha Baron Cohen was long lined up to play the former Queen frontman, but was sacked after it was decided that he’d probably give too much of a comedic performance. Actor Ben Whishaw is now on board to play the role. Although, says Deadline, the lack of a director may scupper plans to film the Mercury biopic this summer before Whishaw has to go off to fulfil his commitments on the next James Bond film.