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House of Gucci: The explosive true story behind Lady Gaga’s upcoming crime biopic


by Jennifer McShane
29th Jul 2021
House of Gucci: The explosive true story behind Lady Gaga’s upcoming crime biopic

We've seen the glorious on-set photos, but here's all you need to know about the darker real-life events that make up the plot of House of Gucci.

If you’re Lady Gaga and Adam Driver on the set of their upcoming film, House of Gucci romance is well and truly alive

Gaga and Driver play former couple Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci. He was the head of the Gucci fashion house and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, a wealthy Italian socialite and high fashion personality. When married, they became one of the world’s first celebrity power couples. The film deals with the aftermath of his death after Patrizia hired a hitman to kill him in 1995. The story is inspired by Sarah Forden’s book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed and directed by renowned director Ridley Scott.

It has quite a supporting cast, also starring Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, Reeve Carney and Jeremy Irons.

According to the new trailer that has just dropped, the film starts off ver The Notebook-esque, but the plot will go from the heady days of their romance to a much darker end.

“I met Maurizio at a party and he fell madly in love with me. I was exciting and different,” said Reggiani. The pair married in 1972 when they were both 24.

What really happened?

The events that took place were stranger-than-fiction, and so they naturally made for a book and film adaptation: Reggiani was convicted in 1998 of ordering her former husband Maurizio Gucci’s murder. The pair had split in 1985. Gucci was shot in 1995 outside his office in Milan.

Reggiani was sentenced to 29 years in prison, later reduced to 26 years on appeal. She was released in 2016 and told The Observer in a profile: “I think I am a very strong person because I survived all these years in captivity. I slept a lot. I took care of my plants. I looked after Bambi, my pet ferret.”  The former socialite had also always maintained her innocence – her best friend had set her up, she said. As for her motive? As per the prosecutors, it was a bit of everything: jealously, financial reasons, and resentment towards her ex-husband (who had left her for a younger woman to raise their two daughters alone).

Quite simply, it is a story made for the big screen.

And the project has backing from the brand itself (despite them so eager to avoid the scandal when it happened initially), so expect serious, on-point fashion throughout. Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri confirmed to WWD the Italian luxury label has opened its archives and given “total creative freedom” to House of Gucci production.

“Gucci is collaborating with MGM and Scott Free Productions by providing access to the house’s historical archive for wardrobe and props,” Bizzarri, who noted that the Gucci family is no longer involved with the brand today, told WWD.

House of Gucci is set to hit theatres on November 24, 2021 (Covid-19 permitting, we assume).

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