Jeremy Irons has joined the ever-growing cast list of Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ alongside Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and Jared Leto.
The story centres on the murder of fashion trailblazer Maurizio Gucci, Gaga would play the role of Patrizia Reggiani, Gucci’s ex-wife who was convicted of orchestrating his hit after he had an affair.
Based on ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed’, written by Sara Gay Forden and published by William Morrow in 2001. The book used the murder to delve into the complex family history, filled with infighting, corporate intrigue and an obscene amount of money. Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci and ran the company in a declining period in the 1980s after wrestling it out of an uncle’s hand.
Irons is set to play the role of Maurizio’s father, Rodolfo Gucci – a role originally rumoured to have Robert De Niro starring in the part.
Roberto Bentivegna has adapted the script. MGM won the rights of the film after outbidding Netflix by enticing Scott with a theatrical release.
“This project has long been a labour of love for both Ridley and me,” says Giannina Scott, who will produce with husband Ridley via the couple’s Scott Free banner. “The story is so epic, the stakes so high and the characters so richly drawn that we were determined to get it to the big screen. To say we are thrilled to be teaming with Mike De Luca and his brilliant film group at MGM is an understatement. We can’t wait to see this come to life next year.”
MGM has set a release of November 24th 2021.