English actor Jack O’Connell, known for his roles in Unbroken and Money Monster, is set to play the late Lee “Alexander” McQueen in a forthcoming biopic, directed by 45 Years’ Andrew Haigh. Although supporting roles have yet to be officially announced, production will reportedly begin this spring with distribution plans at the end of next year throughout the U.K., France and Switzerland.
The film’s script was written by award-winning playwright Chris Urch, responsible for The Rolling Stone and Land of Our Fathers, and is based on the biography, Blood Beneath the Skin, by Andrew Wilson.
“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,” said distribution company Pathé in a statement. “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.”
O’Connell is well-equipped to tackle McQueen’s charged life experience, and the two’s resemblance is uncanny, but we’re most interested to learn who will play his mentor Isabella Blow: the late fashion editor many theorize helped trigger the 40-year-old’s suicide in 2010.