Adam Lambert praises casting potential for George Michael biopic

Following the box office success of music biopics such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Rocketman ," reports of a big-screen adaptation of George Michael's life have been welcomed by the late singer's many fans. Industry insiders say producers are eyeing Lotus Season 2 star Theo James to play Michael in the rumored biopic because they think he's "perfect for the role." However, not everyone was so enthusiastic about the reports, with singer Adam Lambert criticizing the idea of ​​James taking on the role.

"Yay another straight man playing a gay icon," the American Idol runner-up commented on an Instagram post sharing the casting report, along with an eye-roll emoji.

Lambert's comments sparked a wave of reactions on social media, with many fans agreeing with the Queen collaborator's stance. "There are enough queer actors who could get this role," one Instagram user wrote.

However, others take a different view, claiming that an actor's sexual orientation does not determine their ability to portray a specific character. "Sir, he's acting. That's the point. This is not a documentary," another fan commented.

During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live , James was asked if he would be interested in playing Michael in a big screen biopic, and he responded: "Oh yeah, I would love that. He's an icon. "

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Meanwhile, on January 16, the "Careless Whisper" hitmaker's estate issued a statement denying any involvement in the rumored biopic.

"For all of George's loved ones, fans and music lovers, we are publishing a report that George Michael's family has approved a so-called 'biopic' about his life," the statement read. "On behalf of George Michael, we are The family and [George Michael Entertainment] have made it clear that there is no truth to this story and we know nothing about this project and will not support it in any way."