ELLE favourite, actor Jack O'Connell, has been named to play Alexander 'Lee' McQueen in a film celebrating the fashion designer's life.
Having risen to fame in teen TV series Skins, O'Connell has made it big in Hollywood – impressing critics in '71, and Angelina Jolie's directorial debut Unbroken.
The casting seems like a genius move to us – not just because of O'Connell's raw acting talent but the sheer likeness in his looks to McQueen is scarily similar.
The film will be directed by Andrew Haigh (who also made last year's Oscar-winning 45 Years), and is based on Andrew Wilson's biography Blood Beneath The Skin. With a plot that centers around McQueen's A/W09 collection, his penultimate show before his untimely death in 2010.
'In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows – an extravagantly beautiful retrospective of his designs,' the film's distributors Pathe said in a statement today. 'It was a show that he dedicated to his mother and one in which he tried to make sense of his life and art. The film explores McQueen's creative process in the 6 months leading up to the show, the laughter that came easily with his family and friends, and the pressure that came with the relentless demands of the fashion industry. The film is a celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.'
Shooting of the film is set to begin mid next year, we clearly can't wait.