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House of Gucci
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRidley Scott
Screenplay by
Story byBecky Johnston
Based onThe House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed
by Sara Gay Forden
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited byClaire Simpson
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • November 24, 2021 (2021-11-24)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

House of Gucci is an upcoming biographical crime drama film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden. The film stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino.

House of Gucci will have its world premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles[1] and is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 24, 2021, by United Artists Releasing.

Premise

The film is set in 1995 and depicts the events and aftermath of the murder of Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman and head of the fashion house Gucci, by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.

Cast

Production

In June 2006, Ridley Scott was set to direct a film about the downfall of the Gucci family dynasty with Andrea Berloff writing the script,[2] despite the family's dismissal of the project,[3] with Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio rumored to play Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci.[4] In February 2012, Scott's daughter Jordan Scott had replaced him as director and was in talks with Penélope Cruz to play Reggiani.[5] In November 2016, Wong Kar-wai took over directing the film from Jordan Scott, with Charles Randolph writing alongside Berloff and Margot Robbie now considered to play Reggiani.[6] In November 2019, Ridley Scott was once again set to direct the film,[why?] with Roberto Bentivegna writing the script, and Lady Gaga set to star.[7] According to the Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri, the fashion house cooperated with the production and gave them full access to their archives for wardrobe and props.[8]

In November 2019, it was announced that Gaga would play Reggiani. In April 2020, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the rights to the film.[9] By August, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Huston and Reeve Carney had entered negotiations to join the cast.[10] Driver, Leto, Pacino and De Niro were confirmed by October.[11] Huston and Carney were confirmed in December along with Jeremy Irons, while De Niro had exited the film.[12][13] Dariusz Wolski announced his involvement as cinematographer that same month.[14] Camille Cottin joined the cast in January 2021.[15] In March, Mădălina Diana Ghenea, Mehdi Nebbou, and Miloud Mourad Benamara were added to the cast,[16][17] along with Salma Hayek, who is married to the current head of Gucci, François-Henri Pinault.[18]

In August 2020, Deadline Hollywood reported that the filming was expected to begin when Scott completed the production of The Last Duel (2021).[9] On February 3, 2021, in an interview with Variety, Leto said that the film was still in the pre-production phase and they would start shooting it in Italy in the coming weeks.[19] Principal photography began in Rome at the end of February.[20][21] Several scenes were filmed in early March in the cities of Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Gressoney-La-Trinité, specifically in the Italian Alps in the Aosta Valley, which were used to recreate the tourist complex of St. Moritz in Switzerland.[22] Filming also took place in other locations in the country such as Florence, Lake Como, and Milan.[23] At the end of March, they returned to Rome to shoot scenes at Via Condotti.[24] Filming wrapped on May 8.[25]

Talking with The Wall Street Journal, Gaga explained that she took into account how her long-time friend Tony Bennett "feels about Italians being represented in film in terms of crime", and aspired to "make a real person out of Patrizia, not a caricature."[26] To achieve that, she studied Reggiani’s vocal cadence and attitude. She explained: "I felt the best way to honor Maruizio and Italians was for my performance to be authentic, from the perspective of a woman. Not an Italian-American woman but an Italian woman."[26]

Release

The film will hold its world premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in Fall 2021.[1] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 24, 2021,[9][27] and in the United Kingdom on November 26.[28][29] Following its theatrical release, it will also be available to stream on Paramount+.[30]

Reggiani's and Gucci family's responses

Patrizia Reggiani's response

In January 2021, during an interview with Italian magazine Novella 2000, Patrizia Reggiani approved that Gaga would portray her and commented she "immensely" likes her, saying "she's a genius".[31] However, in March, Reggiani gave an interview to the Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) where she stated she was "annoyed" that Gaga had not contacted her to meet her and claimed that "it is not an economic question. I won't get a cent from the film. It is a question of good sense and respect".[32] Later that month, it was confirmed that the producers did not want Gaga to meet her and they were "aware of not wanting to endorse or support the awful crime" she committed, saying Gaga had watched much footage and many documentaries, and read books about her life.[33]

Gucci family's response

Patricia Gucci, who is Maurizio Gucci's second cousin, told the Associated Press, in the name of the Gucci family, they were "truly disappointed" by the film. "They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system." She added, "Our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything, but there is a borderline that cannot be crossed". According to Gucci, the three central concerns of the family are the lack of contact with Ridley Scott, the alleged inaccuracies in the book on which the film is based, and the casting of high-profile actors to play people who weren't connected with the murder. She also said that the Gucci family will decide what their next course of action will be after watching the completed film.[34]

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