Sophie Turner | Photo: Instagram @sophiet
Sophie Turner and Boy George are on the same page: they’re both ‘down’ for her to play him in a biopic.
At the end of May, MGM and George confirmed they were partnering on a film about the singer’s life. Writing and directing the film is Sacha Gervasi, while George will co-executive produce.
‘There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,’ said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s Motion Picture Group President, in a statement.
‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them to bring this remarkably honest and wildly entertaining tale to audiences around the world.’
The biggest question, however, is who will play Boy George.
Could it be Sophie Turner?
While appearing on the Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, George said there have been ‘really interesting’ casting suggestions.
He said one of the most interesting was Turner and when people said she couldn’t play him because she’s a woman, George responded: ‘When I was 17, I would have loved to have been her.’
Turner, who has been in the headlines a lot recently with her movie Dark Phoenix, the end of Game of Thrones, and her marriage to Joe Jonas, immediately expressed her interest on Twitter.
I’m SO down @BoyGeorge https://t.co/6Ci0VDfmtB
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) June 17, 2019
It wouldn’t be the first time a woman has played a male musician. In 2007, Cate Blanchett portrayed a facet of Bob Dylan in the movie I’m Not There.
The rise of the musical biopic
According to reports about the film, it will chronicle George’s humble beginnings coming from an Irish working-class family, to his rise to stardom. Throughout his career, George has achieved enormous success both in the band Culture Club and as a solo artist.
Over the years, fans have bought more than 100 million singles and over 50 million albums since the 1980s.
This is the second big musical biopic on MGM’s docket. They also have one in development about Aretha Franklin, with Jennifer Hudson tapped to star.
They’re also arriving as Hollywood continues its trend of musical biopics.
They’ve always existed, but Bohemian Rhapsody’s critical and financial successful lended them a huge boost.
Then Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John, recently opened. It’s been earning rave reviews and made history as the first major studio film depicting gay male sex.
Now there’s a whole slew of musical biopics on the horizon.
There’s the one about Judy Garland, another about David Bowie, and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher said he’d love to do one about Madonna.
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