Adam Lambert slams idea of Theo James playing George Michael in biopic

Adam Lambert does not want to see another straight actor portraying a gay legend on the big screen.

The Queen vocalist, 40, reacted to the Advocate sharing the news Tuesday that “White Lotus” star Theo James, 38, is reportedly the “top contender” to portray Wham! frontman George Michael in a potential biopic.

“Yay another straight man playing a gay icon,” Lambert commented with a rolling eye emoji. The Post contacted Lambert’s rep for comment.

The casting rumor took off last week when James appeared on “Watch What Happens With Andy Cohen.” A fan asked if he’d like to play Michael, who died in 2016 of heart disease at the age of 53.

Adam Lambert attends The National Lottery's Big Bash to celebrate 2022's entertainment packed year at OVO Arena Wembley on Dec. 6, 2022
Adam Lambert, 40, does not want a straight actor to portray George Michael in a biopic.
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“Yeah, I’d love that. He is an icon,” James said. “He’s a lot of Greek, and I’m a lot of Greek. Put that Greek together, and you get falafel.”

Shortly after, the Daily Mail cited “insider” knowledge that a Michael biopic was in the final stages of development. However, his family denied the report in a statement, writing that there “is no truth whatsoever in this story.”

“We know nothing about this project and will not be endorsing it in any way,” the statement from George Michael Entertainment read.

When The Post contacted James’ rep for comment, she stated there is “no biopic,” and “Theo is not cast to play George Michael.”

Still, Lambert’s comment sparked an Instagram debate, with many commenters slamming him for supporting Rami Malek playing original Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”


“You literally praised Rami Malek nonstop when he played Freddie Mercury. Performed at the Oscars too and all,” another reminded Lambert.

Theo James arrives at the AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Theo James has not been cast in a George Michael biopic, according to his rep.

Others suggested Lambert should simply let actors do their jobs.

“That is why it’s called ‘acting,’” one person stated. “Gays have been playing ‘straight’ for years. Give it a rest.”

“Sexuality is not a qualification based on which one should or shouldn’t get a job. Talent is!!!” other declared.

George Michael (1963-2016) performing on stage during the Japanese/Australasian leg of his Faith World Tour, February-March 1988.
George Michael performs on stage in 1988. He died in 2016.
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And others backed the “American Idol” runner-up’s criticism.

“Exactly my same thought,” one proclaimed.

“Thank you for speaking for most of us. it had to be said. Word,” another wrote.

“I understand it’s acting but it will never be his 100% because only lgbtq+ understands that feeling. Yet i will still go watch it because its George Michael,” one user admitted.