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14/03/2014 09:24 GMT | Updated 14/03/2014 09:59 GMT

Freddie Mercury Movie Director Dexter Fletcher Pulls Out Of Queen Singer's Biopic

There's been another blow to the forthcoming biopic about Queen singer Freddie Mercury after director Dexter Fletcher quit the project.

Deadline have reported that the actor-turned-director has pulled out of the film over creative differences with the film's producers.

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Dexter Fletcher

Dexter previously directed the 2013 film 'Sunshine On Leith', which received massive praise from critics.

He isn't the first name to pull out of the film, as actor Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast as the Queen frontman, but left the project last year, again over creative differences.

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Freddie Mercury

Queen guitarist Brian May, who is one of the film's producers, told Classic Rock that the 'Borat' star would have been "distracting" in the role.

It was then announced that Ben Whishaw, best known for his portrayal of Q in the James Bond film 'Skyfall', would be taking on the part of Freddie instead.

The film will focus on the run-up to the band's iconic performance at 'Live Aid', rather than the singer's battle with HIV later in his life.

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