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Here’s Who Boy George Hopes Will Play Him In His Upcoming Biopic

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Singer Boy George is slated to get his own biopic, and he knows just who he wants to play his younger self in the film.

George, who currently is a judge on “The Voice Australia,” told the Australian radio program Fitzy and Wippa in a recent interview (you’ll hear him talk about it around 11 minutes in) that a nontraditional casting choice he’d like to see would be “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner playing him.

“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” George 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.”

And Sophie Turner tweeted in response to the idea that she’s “so down.”

Turner does look a lot like Boy George as a young man, as this tweet from Spin proves:

The 1980s lead singer of Culture Club is known for such New Wave classics as “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”

The in-progress film follows the recent success of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Elton John’s “Rocketman.”

Any film about George would have rich source material to work from. The British pop icon is known or his androgynous appearance, bisexual lifestyle, former heroin addiction, and run-ins with the law.

But George doesn’t seem worried about being depicted on screen. “In our game, there is always [so much] stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous, that you say ‘I don’t mind it… it makes me sound more interesting,'” he told Fitzy and Wippa.

Previously, a 2010 TV movie called “Worried About the Boy” was made about George’s life.

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The new, planned biopic will be made by MGM and directed and written by Sacha Gervasi. Gervasi also directed HBO’s “My Dinner with Herve” and the heavy metal band biopic “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” and called George “a trailblazer and a true original.”

“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 said in a release about the new film. “As you can imagine, George’s life story is wickedly entertaining, yet also poignant and inspiring. I’m both honored and excited to be the one to guide it onto the big screen.”

What other musicians do you think need movies made about their life?