The film will resume production next week under Fletcher, with about two weeks of shooting left unless Fletcher decides to do reshoots, Deadline reported. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) has been hired by 20th Century Fox to take over.
It remains to be seen how much of Bohemian Rhapsody will be Fletcher's and his much of it will be Singer's.
As previously reported, Singer was sacked from the project after failing to show up on the set after Thanksgiving.
The film was almost finished when Singer was sacked and Fletcher, who was originally tapped to direct the film in 2014 but left the project over creative differences, was rehired, according to The Wrap.
Nevertheless, his swift replacement could help the film remain on track for a Christmas 2018 release date.
The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. Yet Singer claimed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that he was sacked because Fox would not let him take care of a "gravely ill parent". After reports of the director's unexpected absences from the film set, which required director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel to step in, and rising tensions between Singer and star Rami Malek, Fox went ahead and cut Singer loose.
He added: 'Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving'. Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Mike Myers (Austin Powers) and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park) will co-star.