Boy George is one of the next famous musicians getting the Hollywood movie treatment.
MGM will produce a biopic based on the life of the Culture Club frontman with Sacha Gervasi (“My Dinner with Herve, Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) tabbed to write and direct the film. George, 57, will serve as one of the project’s producers, per Deadline.
The untitled George film will explore his upbringing as part of the Irish working-class, his international success with Culture Club and his openness with his own identity.
In a post on Instagram, the musician reacted to the news, calling it “thrilling!”
Gervasi called George “a trailblazer and a true original.” Adding, “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. As you can imagine, George’s life story is wickedly entertaining, yet also poignant and inspiring. I’m both honoured and excited to be the one to guide it onto the big screen.”
This is MGM’s second movie based on the life of a musician. Jennifer Hudson will star as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in MGM’s other film. Music biopics are a hot ticket right now with “Bohemian Rhapsody” earning Rami Malek an Oscar for Best Actor and Taron Egerton receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Elton John in “Rocketman”.
George recently attended the premiere of singer-songwriter Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman”.