Keanu Reeves denies rumours he’ll star in film about disgraced singer Boy George
Keanu Reeves has denied being involved in a Boy George biopic after the disgraced musician said there were “rumours” he might be attached.
In a video for Deadline, the Culture Club frontman gave details on the new film, which is titled Karma Chameleon.
Introducing himself as “obviously Boy George”, he said: “I’m very excited to announce the movie of my life and Culture Club called Karma Chameleon will be shot this summer in London and around the world.”
He claimed that Line of Duty star Danny Mays was “already on board” to play his father, and added: “There’s rumours of Keanu Reeves popping in… ooh, name drop!”
However, a representative for Reeves told PinkNews that the actor “is not involved in this project”. PinkNews contacted representatives of Boy George for comment.
It remains to be seen who will play Boy George in the film, which Deadline says will “explore George’s humble beginnings in an Irish working-class family, through his rise to the top of the international charts with the ’80s band Culture Club”.
Deadline didn’t specify whether the film would chart the singer’s later years, but made a scant reference to George’s 2008 conviction for the assault and false imprisonment of a sex worker.
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