Talk that Ridley Scott will be directing a film based on the story of fashion house Gucci has been around for years. Now it has been reignited by rumours of early casting decisions. Could it be Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio playing the tempestuous couple Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani?
If rumours are to be believed, director and producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven) will be starting the film about the Gucci legacy next year. The family behind the Italian fashion label were known for their heated arguments, but nothing could compare to the relationship of Maurizio Gucci, the founder’s grandson, and his wife, Patrizia Reggiani.
Soon after Maurizio sold Gucci to investment group Investcorp, he was shot and killed by a hitman. His fashionista ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, was convicted for arranging the murder. “The film certainly has all the ingredients for a classic tale of intrigue, hubris and family infighting,” comments Ben Child for the Guardian newspaper.
If rumours are to be believed it will be Angelina Jolie who will be playing the murderous wife, who famously said “I’d rather cry in a Rolls-Royce, than laugh on a bicycle.” The famous actress even bears a physical resemblance to Reggiani. It is also rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio will be playing the former head of the Gucci empire, Maurizio.
The film has been in the pipeline for director Ridley Scott since 2007, and is eagerly anticipated. There have been a number of fashion-related films this year, including Coco Before Chanel, Vogue documentary The September Issue and Rage, so it will be interesting to see a darker tale behind one of the world’s most famous fashion houses.