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Dexter Fletcher to direct Freddie Mercury biopic

Directing duties for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury film biopic, have been taken on by Eddie the Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher, after the firing of Bryan Singer. The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. 20th Century Fox said production would resume next week. Rami Malek will play the Queen singer in the film. It is expected to be released in December 2018 as planned. The troubled project has faced a series of setbacks since it was first announced…

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Jared Leto to star in Hugh Hefner biopic

Actor Jared Leto is to play Hugh Hefner in a new film about the Playboy magazine mogul’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leto is an Oscar winner for his role in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. The news comes less than a week after Hefner died at the age of 91. His death sparked debate about whether Hefner was a pioneer of sexual liberation or actively harmed feminism. The film will be made by X Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner. After Hefner’s death, Ratner wrote on Instagram that…

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Rami Malek: First look at Mr Robot star as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic

After years of delays, production has finally started on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Actors including Johnny Depp, Ben Whishaw and Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked to the role, only to drop out. Producers finally cast Mr Robot star Rami Malek as the Bohemian Rhapsody singer, and the first photo of him in character was released on Tuesday. Wearing Mercury’s Live Aid outfit, Malek looks uncannily like the flamboyant star. “When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in…

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