Angelina Jolie To Star In Ridley Scott’s Gucci Movie22.10.09 # News # No Comment
Angelina Jolie is set to play the infamous Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s yet to be titled Gucci film. The formidable Italian fashion house was brought to worldwide attention by icons such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy but the movie will focus on the internal strife that threatened to destroy the company. It’s a tale of greed and corruption which culminated in the murder of Maurizio Gucci, grandson of Gucci founder Guccio.
Maurizio’s murder came during a period of turmoil for the company in the early 1990′s when it stood on the brink of bankrupcy, mainly due to a Godfather-sized power struggle between members of the family. Two years later the ex-wife of Maurizio was found guilty of having him wacked by a hired hitman and sentenced to 29 years in prison.
Jolie is playing the ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiano, and I’d imagine will relish the opportunity. Don’t be surprised if it’s played in the style of the classic femme fatales and Jolie oozes all the qualities needed. Leonardo DiCaprio is rumoured for the part of Maurizio Gucci, despite lacking much physical similarity to the real man. This is made all the more likely by the fact Scott and DiCaprio worked together on Body of Lies.
The original screenplay was written by Charles Randolph (The Life of David Gale) but is now being rewritten. Filming is set to start next year, which presumably means Scott’s Alien prequel is on the backburner for a while.