“Unbroken” and “Money Monster” actor Jack O’Connell is set to star in a movie about fashion designer Alexander McQueen to be directed by Andrew Haigh, best known for “45 Years.” Pathe will distribute the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland, and will handle sales in the rest of the world.
Principal photography on the movie, which is produced by Damian Jones at DJ Films, will start next spring, and the pic is due for delivery at the end of next year. The script is written by Chris Urch, award-winning playwright of “The Rolling Stone” and “Land of Our Fathers,” based on the biography “Blood Beneath the Skin” by Andrew Wilson.
“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,” according to a statement from Pathe. “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’s credits include “’71” and “Starred Up”; Jones’ previous movies include “The Iron Lady,” “Belle” and “Lady in the Van.”