Jack O’Connell to Play Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen in Biopic


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Rising British actor Jack O’Connell has been cast in Pathé’s UNT. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PROJECT as the iconic fashion designer. Andrew Haigh is set to direct the feature based on a script by playwright Chris Urch, which in turn is based on the biography Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson.

McQueen was and still is considered one of the greatest designers. Hailing from humble origins, he began making dresses for his sisters at a young age and it became clear he was destined for the fashion world. He worked as the chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and he also started his own label. He won four British Designer of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2003 as well as CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen committed suicide in 2010.

“In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows. It was a show that he dedicated to his mother and one in which he tried to make sense of his life and art,” said Pathé in a statement. “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 first burst onto the scene as James Cook in the BBC series Skins. Most recently he’s appeared in the films Unbroken and Money Monster. He also has several big on the upcoming docket — Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan and HHhH with Rosamund Pike and Jason Clarke.

He’s repped by and in the U.K.


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