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Freddie Mercury Biopic Loses Director Dexter Fletcher Over Creative Differences

Freddie Mercury Biopic Loses Director Dexter Fletcher Over Creative Differences

Another one bites the dust… It would seem that ambitious plans to mount a Freddie Mercury biopic are being continually undone by that pesky phrase “creative differences.” It was the reason Sacha Baron Cohen, first chosen to take on the lead role, bailed on the project and now, the film’s director has left the movie, after just three months on job.

Deadline reports that Dexter Fletcher, who first boarded the movie in December, has exited the production. The reason is a clash of vision over the R-rated movie, which will track Queen’s rise all the way to their gig at Live Aid in 1985 but will not focus on Mercury’s death or last days. The Peter Morgan (“The Queen“) penned film was in “soft pre-production” but will now have to find someone to step in fast, if producers want to keep a summer shoot scheduled in place. And they’ll have to because the window of opportunity for current star Ben Whishaw is limited, as he is due to start shooting the next Bond film after.

So, who should step in? Share your suggestions below and let us know if you think this movie will do Mercury and the band justice. 

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The way that I feel about a film depicting Freddie Mercury is that if no one wants to tackle the 'white elephant' in the room, meaning his sexuality as well as his music career, don't do it. Otherwise it becomes truly pointless. That part of his life, as much as many want to ignore it, cannot take one side of Frederick Bulsara(?) without 'Mr. Mercury'. Why hide the obvious? He was a fascinating individual, dark with the light, and those who loved him (and still do) are waiting for an honest portrayal of the man, or at least an honest 'sketch' of the man that became a world-wide phenomenon, (even if for legal reasons, not everyone in his life may want to be portrayed in a film). I hope if a film project about his life does eventually materialize, that it doesn't just 'gloss' over Freddie's persona as a singer/co-creator of Queen, but tries to get at least some elements right, that is, at least a hopeful 'wish'.


The Cohen casting was soooooo exciting, they should have found a team to work around him.


OK. I'll do it.

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