‘Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner is Favored to Play This Music Icon
Fresh off the finale of Game of Thrones and the release of Dark Phoenix, and still enjoying her time as a newlywed to heartthrob singer Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, Sophie Turner is looking toward her next acting challenge. And boy, is it a good one.
Music biopics are hot right now
With the popularity of music biopics including the recent movies Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, the idea of a film on Boy George has been kicked around for some time. According to CNN, Sacha Gervasi, director of My Dinner With Hervé and the 2008 rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is working on a film depicting the life of the Culture Club singer. The director told People, “In the London clubs of the ’80s, George was impossible to miss and everyone knew he would be a star long before the world had ever heard a note of Culture Club’s iconic songs.” Gervasi called Boy George “a trailblazer and a true original.”
MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman showed the company’s support and excitement of the collaboration. “There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,” Glickman said in a statement, as reported by People. “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.”
Boy George rose to fame in the early 80s as the front man for Culture Club. Their hit Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? put the group on the map worldwide. Boy George has been open about his battle with drug addiction, as well as his sobriety for the past 10 years, according to People.
Quite a resemblance
With the film in the works, the question on who would play the lead was at the forefront. During an interview with Australian radio show hosts Fitzy and Wippa, Boy George named one of his top choices, according to Newsweek.
“There have been some really interesting suggestions,” Boy George, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, said. “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.”
Once Turner heard about the 58-year-old singer’s comments, she took to Twitter to let him know she was fully on board, posting “I’m SO down @BoyGeorge.”
Not everyone loves the idea
While fans were all over social media raving over the idea of Turner playing the music icon and marveling at the resemblance between the two, there were a few naysayers. According to Esquire, English broadcaster and former CNN host Piers Morgan rejected the casting of Turner, saying on Good Morning Britain, “The idea that we’d now have a girl to play Boy George is ridiculous… Why do we encourage this kind of nonsense?” When he was asked if he thought a straight man could play a gay man, Morgan agreed to that concept, but confirmed his original point saying, “I do think that only a man could play Boy George.”
Morgan may not realize it’s actually been done before, and with success. A perfect example is Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. Despite Morgan’s comments, it’s a pretty safe bet that Turner landing the lead role would be a huge draw at the box office.