There has been a forming blitz of big-screen biopics featuring major musical performers of recent decades past. It sort of started last year with 20th Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about Queen and its front-man Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). Late last May it was Paramount’s turn with “Rocketman,” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John. Now it seems a new project is being conceptualize to chronicle 1980s British “new wave” group the Culture Club and its famously androgynous lead singer Boy George. The now 58-year-old artist intimated that he would like to see himself portrayed by a woman for the movie, and proposed an actress.
Said actress that “Boy” George O’Dowd is interested in portraying him on the silver screen is none other than British actress Sophie Turner according to Vogue UK. O’Dowd revealed his choice while being interviewed on Australian radio, choosing Turner from a submitted list of film stars. In response to the pointed argument that Turner is a woman, Boy George said, “[People will say] ‘she can’t play you she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her.”
It does not take must deduction to find out how Turner, 23, reacted to being chosen by the original artist himself to play his role. Fox News has it that the actress took to social media to express her enthusiasm for the part if it were officially given to her. Considering that she has already completed her near-decade involvement in the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones” (2011-19), plus her two-film portrayal of Jean Grey which concluded in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (also from Fox) that premiered this June. A chance to follow in the footsteps of Malek and Egerton in the musical biopic genre seems like a great new challenge.
Born in 1961, Boy George O’Dowd became an adherent to the UK’s “New Romantic” pop culture movement in the 1980s, which he expressed through his androgynous fashion sense. His early foray into music led to him forming the band Culture Club, which released memorable hits from the decade such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon.” The proposed biopic project has British-American filmmaker Sacha Gervasi slated as story writer and director. No other pertinent details have been made available as actual production has not yet begun.
Sophie Turner debuted in show business as Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones” in 2011. She was only 14 when shooting for the series began, finishing the show in her early 20s and being married to Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in early May.
Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar