English actor Jack O’Connell has been cast as Lee “Alexander” McQueen in Andrew Haigh’s forthcoming biopic of the legendary fashion designer’s life. It’s a stroke of casting genius – not only because of O’Connell’s talent as an actor, but because of his resemblance to McQueen.
Feted as one of the UK’s finest emerging acting talents, he is known for his roles in Unbroken (2014), ’71 (2014) and Starred Up (2013). While his co-stars are yet to be revealed, filming will reportedly begin next spring.
Directed by Haigh (45 Years, Weekend, Looking), the film will be based on Andrew Wilson’s biography Blood Beneath The Skin and focus on the months building up to the designer’s last show – Plato’s Atlantis.
“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 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.”
This isn’t the only designer biopic in the works, though – a film about Gianni Versace is also being made, with Spanish actor (and recent Central Saint Martins graduate) Antonio Banderas playing the lead role.
Watch Alexander McQueen’s last show, Plato’s Atlantis, below: