Boy George biopic in the works

A big screen biopic about the life of Boy George is in development.Following the success of recent films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which chronicled the lives and careers of gay icons Freddie Mercury and Elton John, respectively, the Culture…

A big screen biopic about the life of Boy George is in development.

Following the success of recent films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which chronicled the lives and careers of gay icons Freddie Mercury and Elton John, respectively, the Culture Club star is now getting ready for his close-up.

To be overseen by executives at MGM Studios, the film will be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi.

“Boy George is a trailblazer and a true original,” the My Dinner with Herve filmmaker, who has daughter Bluebell with Spice Girl Geri Horner, told Deadline. “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.

“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.”

George, born George O’Dowd, has been open about his tough upbringing in an Irish working-class family and his substance abuse issues, which will both feature in the movie, as well as his success as the singer with Culture Club.

He has written two bestselling autobiographies, which Gervasi will mine for his project.

Following the announcement, George took to Twitter to share his excitement.

“An @MGM_Studios movie about a boy from Eltham, who bunked the bus, skipped School and went on to sell 150 million records. It’s just amazing. Yes. I know there’s more!!!!!” the 57-year-old wrote.

MGM studio heads are also set to start work on a new Aretha Franklin movie, with Jennifer Hudson portraying the soul legend.

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Peter Dinklage addresses My Dinner with Herve whitewashing claims

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Vi…

Peter Dinklage has hit back at claims that his new film My Dinner with Herve has whitewashed Herve Villechaize.

The Game of Thrones star portrays the Fantasy Island actor in an upcoming HBO movie, while Jamie Dornan plays a journalist who interviewed Villechaize shortly before he committed suicide at the age of 50 in 1993.

However, there has been some criticism over Dinklage’s casting after a reporter recently alleged that Villechaize had Filipino heritage. But, contrary to popular belief, the Emmy Award winner has insisted this was not the case.

“Herve wasn’t Filipino,” Dinklage explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Herve had. I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent.”

He added that while those who accuse the film of whitewashing “think they’re doing the right thing politically and morally,” in reality, they are “judging and assuming what he is ethnically” based on his looks alone.

Editors at IndieWire have reported that HBO president Casey Bloys also rejected the allegation, agreeing that Villechaize’s brother confirmed that they were not Filipino.

And while he had considered the issue of race, the executive asserted that it was Dinklage’s “passion project” to dramatise Villechaize’s life.

“I don’t think anyone like him has really been humanised like that (onscreen) before… having gone through this experience of acting in Hollywood (and how it) takes a toll,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Villechaize achieved worldwide recognition for various roles, including his portrayal of evil henchman Nick Nack in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.

My Dinner with Herve, which Dinklage is also producing, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on 20 October (18).

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