Ever since it was announced in January that an Alexander McQueen biopic was in the works, the question of who would play Lee McQueen himself has been one of the most anticipated casting announcements — at least, for the fashion world.
On Tuesday, we got our answer. Actor Jack O'Connell, star of "Unbroken" and "Money Monster" (and perhaps best known from the groundbreaking British show "Skins") has been selected to portray the designer, according to a report in Variety. The casting seems dead-on: Not only does O'Connell look remarkably like the designer, but anyone who has seen O'Connell as Cook in "Skins" knows how capable he is at playing the rough-around-the-edges type like McQueen. (For those who haven't seen, the series is now on Netflix — we fully recommend a quick binge of seasons three and four to get a glimpse of what O'Connell might bring to the role.)
Andrew Haigh is directing the film with a script by Chris Urch based on Andrew Wilson's excellent biography, "Blood Beneath the Skin." A statement by Pathe, the studio set to distribute the film, says that the movie will center around the work leading up to McQueen's famous "Atlantis" collection — the last the designer completed before committing suicide in February 2010.
Filming will start next spring, with a projected release date in winter of 2017.