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English actor cast for Alexander McQueen biopic

26 October 2016

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

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Jack O’Connell has been cast as Alexander McQueen for a film that looks into the life of the legendary late fashion designer.

The film, titled The Ripper, will be based on Andrew Wilson’s biography Blood Beneath The Skin and focuses on the months building up to the designer’s last groundbreaking show ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ – the one with models dressed in fantastical reptilian printed dresses.

A statement from the film’s distributors said: “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…. 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.”

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Jack is known for his roles as Louis, the lead in Angelina Jolie’s war epic Unbroken, and as bad-boy Cook in the controversial British teen drama Skins. His co-stars are yet to be revealed, but the film directed by Andrew Haigh will reportedly begin next spring.

And this isn’t the only fashion foray into film we are looking forward to right now. American Crime Story, the true crime TV series that has recently aired People v. O.J. Simpson, is about to recount the true story of Gianni Versace’s tragic murder, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion.

Versace/Cunanan will examine the shocking 1997 assassination of the famous designer and brother to Donatella. It will reportedly be based on the book Vulgar Favors, written by a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, journalist Maureen Orth.

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer
Photo: Getty Images

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