The idea that White Lotus actor Theo James might play George Michael in a biopic of the late out pop star received a side-eye from Adam Lambert on social media.
James, it seems, is a favorite to play Michael in a biopic that is reportedly in development, though the singer’s family and George Micael Entertainment have denied any knowledge of the project.
“The script is in the final stages and producers are looking for their leading man,” an anonymous source recently told The Daily Mail. “Theo’s name is the one on everyone’s lips. He would be perfect for the part. This is George’s story, warts and all.”
Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, recently asked James about whether he would be open to playing the "Faith" singer in the movie "inevitable."
“Yeah, I’d love that,” James enthused. “He’s an icon. And he’s a bit Greek, and I’m a bit Greek.” Of course, in addition to being “a bit Greek,” George Michael was also gay, and James is… presumably not.
Lambert appears to be fed up with straight actors being cast in lucrative roles as important queer rock stars. In recent years, Taron Egerton won a Golden Globe for playing Elton John in Rocketman and Rami Malek won an Academy Award for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Yay another straight man playing a gay icon,” Lambert captioned an Instagram post, including an eye-roll emoji. The post has since been deleted.
Lambert has previously expressed interest in starring in a Michael biopic himself.