Jack O’Connell Cast As Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen In Upcoming Biopic

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Jack O’Connell will star in the lead role of Pathé’s as of yet untitled Alexander McQueen biopic, Variety reports. This will be a major part for the British actor, who has previously appeared in the films “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Unbroken” and “Money Monster.”

This film about the famed fashion designer will be directed by openly gay filmmaker Andrew Haigh, with a script by Chris Urch, based on the biography “Blood Beneath the Skin,” by Andrew Wilson.

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Haigh’s previously films include “Weekend” and “45 Years.” He has also written and directed episodes of the HBO television show “Looking.”

“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,” Pathé said 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.”

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McQueen was born in London and was raised in working class surroundings. He eventually worked his way up from an apprentice to a chief designer at fashion house Givenchy before starting his own successful label. McQueen, who struggled with issues of drug dependency, depression and anxiety died as a result of suicide in 2010 at the age of 40, shortly after his mother died of cancer.