Antonio Banderas has long been an admirer of Gianni Versace, and now he’s set to play the fashion designer in a new biopic, according to WWD. Pelle the Conqueror and The House Of The Spirits’ Bille August is set to direct the movie, which will start shooting in December.
The movie will follow Versace’s story, who went from being a small town Italian boy who apprenticed in his mother’s sewing business to becoming one of the most renowned fashion designers in history and head of a clothing empire. He was also openly gay, and had been with his partner since 1982. Versace was tragically killed by Andrew Cunanan in 1997, who was on a killing spree having murdered three other people in the preceding weeks. It’s still now known if Versace was deliberately targeted, and if he was, why Cunanan would have done so (the murderer killed himself eight days after shooting Gianni, and so could not say why he’d done it).
Banderas has a great love for fashion, and has been studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London. He presented his first collection in collaboration with Scandinavian high-street label Selected in May.
However, the Versace film is completely unofficial, with the fashion group he founced saying, that ‘it has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming movie about Versace. The movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.’