It’s been over a decade in the making, and we’ve known that Lady Gaga and Adam Driver would both be starring in it since August of last year, but still – we weren’t prepared for that photo. You know the one: Driver and Gaga, up to the nines in vintage Gucci. The one that made the internet collectively lose its mind for two straight days.
It was the first shot to emerge from Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, which will tell the story of the late Maurizio Gucci (Driver), the head of the Gucci fashion house, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga), who hired a hitman to kill him in 1995. It’s based on the 2001 book House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, which certainly promises a lot. Here’s what we know about it so far:
House of Gucci: Director and Cast
It was Ridley Scott who originally wanted to take on the book back in 2006, with the help of writer Andrea Berloff and with Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio as his stars. That clearly didn’t work out. Other names like Penelope Cruz and Margot Robbie were touted as time went on and other directors took the helm – including influential Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai and Scott’s own daughter, Jordan Scott. Ultimately it was announced in November 2019 that Ridley would direct after all, in tandem with The Last Man in Brooklyn screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna.
By that point Lady Gaga, fresh from her celebrated role in A Star Is Born, signed on as Patrizia. Then came Adam Driver as Maurizio, alongside the rest of the family: Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, the son of the brand’s founder, as well as his son Paolo, played by an unrecognisable Jared Leto. British actor Jeremy Irons (replacing Robert De Niro) will play actor and entrepreneur Rodolfo Gucci, while Jack Huston fulfils the role of Domenico De Sole, former president and CEO of Gucci Group.
To provide more background on these Gucci family members would most likely give too much of the plot away, but we can treat you to some exquisite behind-the-scenes shots of the film, which began in Rome in February. Bouncy hair, flaky pastries and an endless array of lovely Gucci threads, as you'd expect.
What is the House of Gucci plot?
Before she worked on the book, American author Sara Gay Forden covered the Italian fashion industry from Milan for more than 15 years.
It gave her a close insight into the tragedy that befell the Gucci dynasty in the Nineties, when former Gucci head Maurizio, the last of the family to lead the company, was gunned down outside of his office building in 1995.
Three years after his death a court found his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli, who Maurizio had left for a younger woman in 1985, guilty of hiring a hitman for the job. The film itself will delve into their 12-year marriage and the acrimonious fallout that emerged from it, as well the infighting that occurred within the Gucci family itself.
House of Gucci trailer
It's not here quite yet! But keep this page bookmarked and we'll most certainly keep you posted.
When is House of Gucci out?
It’s set for release in America on 24 November 2021, and should roll out in UK cinemas around the same time. Which seems pretty soon, considering they aren't finished filming, but we have trust in Ridley and the gang.
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