It’s been nearly seven years since legandary fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life at the age of just 40. And given the recent spate of movies devoted to capturing the great creative minds behind the industry, from Saint Laurent to Dior and I, it seemed like only a matter of time before McQueen and his iconic work were given the big screen biopic treatment. Back in January, French production company Pathé confirmed that they had begun working on an as-of-now untitled biopic about the designer, and today they announced they’d found their leading man, actor Jack O’Connell.
While many Americans may not recognize O’Connell’s work just yet, the actor has garned plenty of attention for his roles in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and the recent film Money Monster, as well as a leading role as James Cook in the U.K.’s long-running Skins, not to mention his Rising Star Award from BAFTA in 2015.
According to a press release from Pathé, “In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows – a stunningly beautifully re-working of his greatest designs from the past 15 years. It was a show that he dedicated to his mother and one in which he tried to make sense of his life and art. The film explores McQueen’s creative process in the months leading up to the show providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand – a moving celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.”
Though the film isn’t set to start shooting until Spring 2017, there’s already plenty of buzz over whether or not the biopic will be able to accurately capture the designer’s eerie and fantastical world on the big screen. Let’s hope the movie can do justice to this already legendary man’s life.
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