The Ridely Scott – directed film, which start Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, depicts the infamous murder of scion Maurizio Gucci by his ex – wife Patrizia Reggiani.
There is something so seductive about a high fashion crime story, all the more so when Hollywood gets involved. See: the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace, which was serialized into the Emmy – winning Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story starring Edgar Ramirez as the doomed fashion designer and Penelope Cruz as his sister Donatella.
Another sensational murder from the era – that of Gucci scion Maurizio Gucci by a hitman hired by his ex – wife Patrizia Reggiani – is getting the Tinselton treatment this year. The film, called House of Gucci and based on the 2000 book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden, is directed bu Ridely Scott, and stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as the couple, along with Al Pacino, Jared Leto, and Jeremy Irons as members of the Gucci family, Call My Agent1’s Camille Cottin as Maurizi’s girlfriend Paolo Franchi, and Salma Hayek as Pino Auriemma, Reggiani’s psychic – shlash – accomplice.
Here is everything we know about the film.
It’s due in theaters on November 24, 2021.
This movie, whose latest trailer was recently released (above), wrapped film in May. Gaga shared the news on Instagram that month, posting a photo of Scott with a caption. ‘That’s wrap, Rid #HouseOfGuccia’. She was also spotted leaving her hotel in Rome, teary – eyed and carrying a bouquet of tulips.
Along with the trailer, a round of movie posters will tied us over until the film’s release:
Production has access to Gucci’s achieves
The fabulous costumes alone will make House of Gucci a must – watch Gucci CEO Marco Bizzari told WWD that the company gave the production ‘total creative freedom’, and granted access the house’s archives for wardrobe and props. Back in March, Gaga shared a behind – the – scenes look with co – star Driver on Instagram, captioned ‘Signore e Signora Gucci’, sending internet into a tizzy.
Lady Gaga is getting top marks for her performance
Further adding to the immense anticipation months before the film’s release, Salma Hayek praised Gaga’s performance in an interview with Variety. ‘She is incredibly talented, incredibly smart. And she has on top of all that, extra abilities that not every brilliant actor has, which is she’s good with the accent’, she told the publication. ‘Of course, she has an amazing ear. She is extraordinary improvising, and not everybody has that. She really embodies the character, Her level of commitment – I’ve only seen maybe once or twice somebody commit to a character like she does. And she’s also a great player’.
Members of the Gucci Family, on the other hand, are reportedly not happy with the film.
According to The Associated Press, Patrizia Gucci, a first cousin once removed of Maurizio (Maurizio and her father Paolo were cousins), had appealed to director Scott for more clarity on the scope of the film, but to no avail. ‘We are truly disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family’, Gucci told The AP. ‘They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system…Out family has an identity, privacy’. Apparently it wasn’t so much the depiction of Maurizio’s murder that worried her, but the portrayal of other members of the family, namely her father Paolo (played by Leto) and her grandfather Aldo (played by Pacino). ‘My grandfather was a very handsome man, like all the Guccis, and very is not very eyes and very elegant. He is being played by Al Pacino, who is not very tall already, and this photo shows him as fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly. Shameful, because he doesn’t resemble him at all’, she said.
A brief of history of the Gucci saga:
In 1995, Maurizio Gucci, the former head of the fashion house founded by his grandfather Guccio, was gunned down in the foyer of his Milan office. Eventually, all signs pointed to his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of hiring four accomplices, including her psychic, to help kill Gucci. Dubbed the ‘Black Widow’ by the press at the time, Reggiani was sentenced to 29 years in prison (she got out in 2016, after serving 18); the psychic got 25 years and the hired gun received a life sentence. Sometimes after her release, Reggiani, who had long maintained her innocence, was asked why she didn’t do the job herself. ‘My eyesight is not so good’, she said, according to the Guardian. ‘I didn’t want to miss’. D
During happier times, Gucci and Reggiani, who wed in 1972, were once an international jet – setting power couple, leading a glamorous life that included homes in New York, Milan, Acapulco, and the Swiss Alps, and that earned Mrs. Maurizio Gucci a nickname: the Liz Taylor of luxury labels. But in 1985, Gucci left his wife for another woman, Paolo Franchi, and moved in with her – he told Reggiani that he was going away on a business trip and never come back. In 1994, a year before he was killed, their years – long, highly contentious divorce, during which Reggiani allegedly sent death threats to her ex, was finalized.
With the murder was the stunning climax of the Gucci saga, it was hardly the only drama to plague the dynasty. After the death of his father Rodolfo in 1983, Maurizio inherited his majority to wrest control away from his relatives, namely his uncle Aldo. Unfortunately, Maurizio’s time at the helm of the family business would be short – lived – after a series of poor financial decisions, he had to sell his stock to a Bahraini investment firm in 1993, losing all family control over the company his grandfather founded in 1921.