Rising star Jack O’Connell, who recently appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, will star in a forthcoming biopic about the late fashion designer and international icon Alexander McQueen.
Variety reports that Andrew Haigh (45 Years) will direct the film from a script written by Chris Urch. The script is based on Blood Beneath the Skin, a McQueen biography written by Andrew Wilson and published in 2015. McQueen committed suicide in 2010, at the age of 40.
The Damian Jones-produced film will kick off production in spring of 2017 and is scheduled for release in the UK, France, and Switzerland by late 2017. Distributor Pathe has issued a statement with details about the film:
“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.”
Music fans might know McQueen best for his elaborate designs worn by icons including Björk and Lady Gaga. McQueen also frequently partnered with David Bowie on concert tours throughout the 1990s, designing costumes for both the singer and his band. He also designed the Union Jack-based trench coat on the cover of Bowie’s 1997 album Earthling.