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Jack O’Connell Will Play Alexander McQueen in Andrew Haigh Biopic

The film will follow McQueen and his creative process in the months leading up to his acclaimed 2009 show.

Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell

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Alexander McQueen was one of the most acclaimed, celebrated British fashion designers through his tragic death in 2010. Now, Pathé and director Andrew Haigh will make a biopic of McQueen starring actor Jack O’Connell. It will be written by Chris Urch, award-winning playwright of “The Rolling Stone” and “Land of our Fathers,” and based on Andrew Wilson’s biography “Blood Beneath the Skin.”

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The film will follow McQueen and his creative process in the months leading up to his 2009 show where he stunningly re-worked his greatest designs from the past 15 years, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the brand and a celebration of the genius whose designs were just as much art as fashion.

O’Connell is best known for his starring roles in British prison drama “Starred Up,” historical thriller “’71” and most recently, Jodie Foster’s thriller “Money Monster.” He also had a starring role on the British teen drama “Skins” for two seasons. He will be seen in  Cédric Jimenez’s war drama “HHhH” and Justin Chadwick’s romantic drama “Tulip Fever.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Haigh is best known for his films “Weekend” and “45 Years.” He also executive produced the HBO series “Looking” and directed 10 of its 18 episodes as well as the TV movie, which he also co-wrote.

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Pathé has set a Spring 2017 start date for principal photography and the film will be released by the end of 2017.

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