As one of Britain's most revered and controversial fashion designers, the life and lows of Alexander McQueen was always going to be open for dramatisation, Earlier this year, we reported that a biopic of the designer was in the works, with Andrew Haigh on board to direct. And now, it looks like the film has its major star secured, with Variety reporting that English actor Jack O'Connell has been cast as the British designer.
Uncanny physical resemblances aside, it's a shrewd move for O'Connell, who is fast rising up the ranks in Hollywood after breaking out in cult UK TV series Skins and securing leads in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Jodie Foster's Money Monster. The film is set to focus on the lead up to a 2009 Alexander McQueen show, as explained by film distributor Pathe.
"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 reads. "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."
The Alexander McQueen biopic is due at the end of 2017, and funnily enough, it's not the only one of its kind. A film based on the turbulent relationship between McQueen and his patron Isabella Blow, The Ripper is also in the works.