English filmmaker Ridley Scott’s latest project is going to be a film adaptation of Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book about the Gucci family scandal that shook the world in the 1990s.
When the head of the Gucci fashion house, Maurizio Gucci, was shot dead by a hitman in 1995, everyone wondered whether the businessman had been terminated due to dealings with the criminal underworld.
In a shocking turn of events that followed an anonymous phone call, it was established that Gucci’s ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, had orchestrated the assassination plot in order to stop him from marrying Paola Franchi, which would cut Reggiani’s alimony in half.
House of Gucci will chronicle the descent into rage, jealousy and greed while recreating the infamous assassination and the events leading up to it. The film stars Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, but more emphasis will be on Lady Gaga’s role as Patrizia Reggiani since she is at the centre of the nefarious plot.
“I was angry with Maurizio about many, many things at that time. But above all, this. Losing the family business. It was stupid. It was a failure. I was filled with rage, but there was nothing I could do,” Reggiani explained later. “He shouldn’t have done that to me.”
Scott’s cast also includes other stellar names such as Al Pacino, Salma Hayek and Jared Leto, among others. House of Gucci will be released in theatres in November of this year and will also be available for streaming on Paramount+.
See the trailer, below.