It’s been a tumultuous week for the biopic of queer idol Freddie Mercury. Original director Bryan Singer never returned to set after Thanksgiving break. Then it was reported Singer was fired for on-set tensions with star Rami Malek. Yesterday Singer said Fox fired him as he was caring for a sick parent. And today we got word that British director Dexter Fletcher is taking over Bohemian Rhapsody. But who is he?
Fletcher got his start as an actor. He had a number of roles in British productions. Though he’d been appearing in films as a child since 1976, his breakthrough role in America was as Soap in 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. If you haven’t seen that, maybe you’ve seen him as Cody in the superhero dark comedy Kick-Ass.
Fletcher’s also done quite a bit of television. He was John Martin in HBO’s Band of Brothers and Tony Casemore in Hotel Babylon.
Despite acting for so long, he’s relatively new to directing. His first film was Wild Bill in 2011, a crime dramedy about an ex-con discovering he’s now got to take care of his abandoned children.
From there, he made Sunshine in Leith, a jukebox musical based around the songs of Scottish one-hit wonders The Proclaimers. The film was about two soldiers returning home after a tour in Afghanistan to their families and lovers.
The most recent film of Dexter Fletcher is last year’s Eddie the Eagle. The family-friendly comedy tells the true story of Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, the English ski jumper sent to the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada.
Though Bohemian Rhapsody will only be Fletcher’s fourth film, we’re not worried. His three films have all done well at the British box office, and critically, too. In fact, Wild Bill even has a 100% Tomatometer rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and Cinemascore viewers gave Eddie the Eagle an A rating.
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