Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997 photographed by Marc Hom.
WWD reports that an Alexander McQueen biopic is in the works with the screenplay being penned by English playwright Chris Urch, whose play The Rolling Stone is enjoying rave reviews in London. Producer Damian Jones, who is also credited with producing critically acclaimed film The Iron Lady, optioned the McQueen biography Blood Beneath The Skin, but Deadline Hollywood reports that the book will simply be a part of research for the script. Andrew Haigh is set to direct the feature. His 2015 film 45 Years has successfully garnered Oscar buzz with Charlotte Rampling’s nomination for Best Actress.
There aren’t many designers who would prove such a promising subject for a film, especially only 6 years since their death. Given the theatrical quality to McQueen’s shows and couture, as well as the iconic and revolutionary sartorial drama associated with McQueen’s works, there is a great deal of cinematic potential. McQueen’s rise from working class to dressing royalty, heading Givenchy and becoming one of the most famous names in a notoriously elitist industry, partnered with his dark struggles with addiction and personal hardships demonstrates that the film already has potential for a very strong narrative.
There are also so many opportunities for casting as McQueen dressed influential public figures from David Bowie, to Prince Charles to some of the greatest supermodel’s the world has seen. The potential leads one to wonder if there will be casting for a younger Kate Moss or Shalom Harlow. According to Racked, the film is set to begin production at the end of 2016. As for the casting of McQueen himself, my fingers are crossed for someone with the rugged good looks and acting caliber of one Tom Hardy.