Troubles are once again plaguing the upcoming Queen-sanctioned Freddie Mercury biopic. Rolling Stone reported that the still-unnamed film’s director Dexter Fletcher has left the project, citing "creative differences" with producer Graham King.
Last summer, many fans’ hopes were dashed when Borat actor Sascha Baron Cohen dropped out of the lead role -- with Brian May and Roger Taylor claiming that his presence would have been distracting to the story. He has since been replaced by Skyfall actor, Ben Whishaw.
Variety reported that sources said there was "some back and forth not just with King and Fletcher but Whishaw who also wanted changes made to the script and that these changes were taking too long to fix and eventually led to King letting Fletcher go."
Nearly 25 years after the loss of Freddie Mercury, Queen will embark on a 19-date North American tour with its second replacement vocalist -- American Idol finalist, Adam Lambert in June and July. Brian May told us that these revivals, which are led by him and Roger Taylor, are celebrations of the past -- not an effort to replace or top Mercury's years fronting the band: "Yeah, it was great with Paul Rodgers and I think we all thought we took it a long, long way -- way further than we imagined in the beginning, y’know, we’re still very good friends; but it did come to a natural end and he needs to tend to his career, and stuff. Contrary to what you may think, I think neither Roger or I are desperate, y’know, to do what we did, because we did it, and we’re not always looking for someone to sing for us. Y’know, organically this happened with Adam, and y’know, we just feel good about it. And we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right and natural to be doing this."
June 19 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 21 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
June 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
June 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
June 26 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
June 28 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
July 1 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center At San Jose
July 3 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
July 5, 6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
July 9 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 10 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 12 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 14 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
July 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion