The upcoming Alexander McQueen biopic has found its star. Deadine reports that English actor Jack O’Connell will bring the tragic story of fashion’s brilliant and beloved deviant to the big screen. Earlier reports noted that the film — titled The Ripper — would focus on the relationship between the designer and his hat-loving aristocratic muse Isabella Blow, who passed away three years before McQueen’s own death sent shock-waves through the industry in 2010. Andrew Haigh of 45 Years will direct the project from a script written by playwright Chris Urch and based on Andrew Wilson’s biography Blood Beneath the Skin. The final fall/winter retrospective collection “Horn of Plenty” that Mcqueen staged in 2009 looks to be particularly significant to the film.
“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,” said the film’s distributors 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’s co-stars are yet to announced, but the first casting decision appears to a very solid one. The Derby-raised actor is indisputably one of the hottest young talents to come out of the UK in recent years, known for his innate inclination towards (and respectful treatment of) darker characters such as Cook in Skins, Eric in Starred Up, and Marky in Harry Brown. The Ripper is set for a spring 2017 shoot followed by a global release at the end of that year.