We already know that Antonio Banderas will be playing the late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in a biopic. While holding our breaths for that one, fashion lovers can also anticipate another film about another haute couture legend – the one and only Lee Alexander McQueen. The movie will have an original screenplay written by award-winning playwright Chris Urch and produced by Pathé – with the latter having done other real-life adaptations such as Suffragette, Selma and Mandela. The biopic will be directed by Andrew Haigh – who is known for the Oscar-nominated drama 45 Years, and we have already confirmation on who will play the iconic late fashion designer – British actor Jack O’ Connell.
Although not an on-screen veteran, Jack O’ Connell has impressed viewers as well as received massive recognition for his major debut into the Hollywood spotlight in the 2014 film Unbroken playing war hero Louis Zamperini. His latest strong performance was in a 2016 American thriller Money Monster, which he co-starred with Hollywood big-shots George Clooney and Julia Roberts. We can already see a faint similarity in terms of appearance between O’ Connell and McQueen, so time can only tell if we can continue to see the actor’s notable performance to bring out the character of the late designer.
The film’s storyline will be based on McQueen’s biography by Andrew Wilson, Blood Beneath The Skin. According to Pathé, the plot of the film will concentrate on the lead up to the late designer’s Plato’s Atlantis collection.
“In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows – a stunningly beautiful 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.”
Lee Alexander McQueen’s designs are widely known for its outrageous and otherworldly nature, busting limits by the seams which eventually earned him four British Designer of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003. He developed a reputation for controversy and shock tactics which eventually earned him the title “the hooligan of English fashion” or “l’enfant terrible” – which is a French expression mainly used in the creative field to describe a successful genius who can be considered unorthodox, extraordinary, unconventional, rebellious, or even offensive. Despite critics, it was his avant-garde creations that made him one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. He passed away by suicide in 2010 at the age of forty, and is succeeded by Sarah Burton, who now helms the Alexander McQueen brand.