House of Gucci: Everything we know about Lady Gaga's new movie

Who does it star, what's it based on and when can we see the damn thing already? 

by Douglas Greenwood
10 March 2021, 12:40pm

Trust Lady Gaga -- she of "100 people in the room" fame, owner of three Frenchies who are now all safely back in her possession -- to keep us fed during the fourteenth lockdown. The Oscar-winning musical icon has decided (like many stars) to pivot back to filmmaking in the wake of the pandemic, where the only shrieks in her vicinity come not from concert crowds but from fans screaming "Yasss Gaga!" behind the barricades of the set of her next movie, House of Gucci.

Yesterday, we got our first look at the movie, starring her and Adam Driver, who play Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci respectively, in iconique Italian regalia. It's the real-life story of how Patricia plotted an assassination against her ex-husband Maurizio, the former head of Gucci. But who else appears in it? Are any Oscar-worthy filmmakers behind the camera? And for god's sake, when will we be able to see it in theatres?

All that and more is answered below.

Who will star in it?

So alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in those aforementioned roles, House of Gucci's cast seems to be fleshing out nicely. Another Italian American actor has signed on to play Aldo Gucci (Guccio Gucci's son and Maurizio's father), Al Pacino. Jared Leto, currently one of the faces of Gucci's campaigns IRL, will play Maurizio's brother Paolo. There's also another brother in the mix: the eldest, Rodolfo; Jeremy Irons will tackle his character. Elsewhere, British actor Jack Huston and Broadway star Reeve Carney have been cast in undisclosed roles, while French actor Camille Cottin will play Paola Franchi, Maurizio's girlfriend.

The movie has been in the works for a while. Once upon a time, both Penelope Cruz and Margot Robbie were supposed to fill Patrizia's shoes. Leonardo DiCaprio was also in line to play the character of Maurizio too.

What filmmakers are behind the camera?

The prolific 83-year-old director Ridley Scott -- Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator -- is the director who finally managed to get this long-shopped project over the line. He's taken a new direction towards crime drama in recent years -- such as 2007's American Gangster and 2017's All the Money in the World. Unless Gaga is channelling Chromatica, we imagine this will have more in common with the latter projects than the former.

Ridley will also produce the movie alongside his long-time producing partner and wife, Giannina Scott. Kevin J. Walsh also has a production credit; he "broke out" with the 2016 masterpiece Manchester by the Sea.

No good film can come from a bad script and, what's interesting here is that this behemoth project is the first full-length feature screenplay by London-born Italian screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna. It must have been pretty impressive to catch the eyes of Ridley Scott and the production team.

Fun fact: once upon a time, Wong Kar-Wai was meant to direct House of Gucci in the mid-2010s. The project returned to Ridley in 2019, who's had his eye on it as far back as 2006.

Is House of Gucci an entirely true story?

Though the film is loosely based on the real-life story of Maurizio's assassination and the role Patrizia played in it, the actual screenplay is based on a book.

In 2002, Sarah G Forden wrote House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, a non-fiction unpacking of the case, which obviously attracted a lot of attention before Patrizia's conviction in 1998. As the script isn't public yet, we're unsure how it interprets Sarah's recounting of the story.

Where is House of Gucci filming taking place?

Where else could House of Gucci be shot but Italy? Currently, filming has kicked off in the Alps, specifically the town of Gressoney, the assumed location of Adam and Gaga's BTS shot. The shoot will run for the next few months in other locations throughout the country, predominantly in Rome.

Is there a trailer?

It’s much too early for a trailer yet. We're hedging our bets with a first look teaser by late summer at the latest.

When will House of Gucci be released?

We're not 100% sure if COVID has sent things into a tailspin, but considering Ridley Scott's reputation for churning movies out, don't be surprised if House of Gucci sticks to its original release date of 26 November 2021. He's recently finished work on The Last Duel, a high octane action movie with huge set-pieces that's set to arrive a month earlier on 15 October. Will he be able to get them both out pretty much back-to-back?

We're hoping so. After all, Lady Gaga is Italian, so no time shall have to be wasted on a million takes to get that accent right. It's already in her blood.

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