Cutie-patootie Jack O’Connell will play the revolutionary fashion designer Alexander McQueen in an upcoming biopic directed by Andrew Haigh, based on Andrew Wilson‘s McQueen biography, Blood Beneath the Skin. The film will focus on McQueen’s preparations for his 2009 autumn/winter collection, Horn of Plenty, a retrospective that was inspired by his career.
“In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows — a stunningly beautiful re-working of his greatest designs from the past 15 years,” according to a statement from Pathe. “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 months leading up to the show, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand — a moving celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.”
It would also be his penultimate collectionMcQueen, who committed suicide at age 40 in 2010.
O’Connell first rose to fame as Cook on the British television show Skins, before graduating to movies like Unbroken with Angelina Jolie and the Jodie Foster thriller Money Monster.