Big budget queer rock and roll biopics are all the rage, and the next queer rock icon to get the big screen treatment is allegedly Boy George. George was very coy about the possibility of his own film when we asked him about it at the London premiere of Rocketman, but days later the news broke that My Dinner With Hervé and Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi is reportedly developing a film about the 80s legend.
During an interview on Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, George was asked who he’d like to see play him on film. His answer was rather surprising: Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.
“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he revealed. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner. [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.” Looking through old photos of the singer, the resemblance is shockingly uncanny.
When British Vogue tweeted a story about George’s casting thoughts, the Dark Phoenix star weighed in, writing “I’m SO down” and tagging George.
Is it likely that this casting will actually happen? No. Is it cool that Turner is actually interested? Sure. Didn’t she say a while back that she is attracted to souls, not gender? Mmhm. Would this be the first time a woman has played a male rockstar in a Hollywood film? Nope, Cate Blanchett played Bob Dylan in 2007’s I’m Not There. But with the ongoing conversation about queer representation in Hollywood, would most of us prefer that a gay musical icon be played by an actor with a more closely alligned identity? Mama, you already know the answer.