Singer Boy George has made an official announcement that he and the producers of his upcoming biopic Karma Chameleon have started an international search to find the actor to play him in the film.
Deadline reports that Millenium Films – the production company behind the film – has set a date this summer to begin filming. Writer / director Sacha Gervasi, the director of the biopic Alfred Hitchock Hitchock, will write and direct the film.
Karma Chameleon will explore Boy Geroge’s beginnings as the son of a working-class Irishman to international fame as lead singer of Culture Club. The film is also expected to explore his struggles as a gay man and how his flamboyant image has affected his career prospects.
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“Now, with the arrival of Millennium Media, all the pieces are in place and I look forward to finding a dynamic leader,” producer Kevin King Templeton said of the announcement. “Having spent time with George over the past four years developing the film, it’s important to me that his story is told in a way that honors him.”
In a video posted to Instagram, Boy George himself confirmed the film’s casting, announcing that actor Danny Mays, famous in 1917, will pay for his father’s role. George also teased “There are rumors that Keanu Reeves has appeared,” although no official announcement has been made.
Karma Chameleon is filming this summer in London and Bulgaria. The film’s production follows a series of successful biopics of queer singers, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Ma Rainey Black Bottom, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and Rocketman. The first three films all won Oscar nominations for their lead actors.
Boy George had previously received the musical biography treatment with the Broadway musical Taboo, which became a notorious flop in 2003.