Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci adds Salma Hayek to the A list
Production continues there Gucci’s house In Italy, Ridley Scott has added another A-list star to his cast. Oscar nominee Salma Hayek signed up for the real crime drama when Pina Auriemma, the clairvoyant friend of Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, was portrayed in the film by Grammy-winning and Oscar-winning Lady Gaga.
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“I’m so happy that my good buddy Salma is part of our wonderful cast.” Producer Giannina Scott said in a statement (via Deadline). “I spoke to her about this Gucci project for 20 years. Now it is happening and she is part of it. Rid and I are thrilled. “
The film is based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Tale of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed that used the murder to delve into the complex but messy family history, which was full of infighting, corporate intrigue, and lumps of money. Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, ran the company in a downturn in the 1980s after wrestling it out of his uncle’s hands.
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Gucci’s house is run by Gaga (A star Is Born) as Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife and mother of his two daughters Patrizia Reggiani, who was tried and convicted in 1995 for orchestrating the murder of her ex-husband on the steps of his office. Despite her children’s pleading with the court and the public to re-evaluate her mother’s case, when the operation drastically changed her behavior, was darkened in the media, labeled a black widow, and sentenced to 29 years before she was given in early 2016 was released after only 18 years.
In addition to Gaga, Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Jeremy Irons as Rodolf Gucci, Jack Huston as Domenico De Sole, Reeve Carney as Tom Ford and Camille Cottin as Paola Franchi. Mădălina Diana Ghenea, Mehdi Nebbou and Miloud Mourad Benamara have also been cast for the roles of Sophia Loren, Said and Omar.
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The film is being directed by Scott based on a script by Roberto Bentivegna. Ridley and Giannina Scott will co-produce with Kevin Walsh through their Scott Free Productions banner. Gucci’s house is currently scheduled for a theatrical release on November 24th.
In addition to that project, Hayek has two more high profile films in the series this year, including the upcoming Marvel Studios MCU film Eternal and the action comedy sequel The bodyguard of the Hitman’s wife.
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