Dexter Fletcher departs Freddie Mercury biopic

News Simon Brew
14 Mar 2014 - 06:41

The Freddie Mercury biopic, starring Ben Whishaw, is looking for a new director following the departure of Dexter Fletcher.

The already-bumpy biopic of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has hit another problem, with the departure of Dexter Fletcher as director of the film.

Fletcher had landed the job off the back of his terrific second feature, Sunshine On Leith, but it seems his vision and that of GK Films chief Graham King were not in line. Given that Graham King is at least part-funding the picture, it's thus not a surprise that it's Fletcher who has left, with creative differences the apparent reason.

It was creative differences that led to original start Sacha Baron Cohen leaving the project too. Still, Ben Whishaw remains on board as the man set to play Mercury on the big screen. The problem facing those behind the film is that plans had been put in place to shoot this summer. Without a director, that suggests a further potential delay, and Whishaw is already committed to James Bond 24, which Sam Mendes is shooting from the end of this year.

The plan apparently is to keep that summer start date, and to get a new director on board in time. But the clock appears to be ticking quite loudly on this one. More as we hear it.


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