There’s no escaping the love and hype surrounding the upcoming film House Of Gucci. Numerous paparazzi shots (including actual movie scenes) of leads Lady Gaga and Adam Driver on set continue to pop up on social media. The trailer has also been released (view it below).
If we’re being honest, we can’t help but feel like we’ve already seen half the movie at this point. Even so, we’re still excited to watch what’s looking to be a very glamorous, fashionable picture.
[SPOILER] NEW PHOTOS from SET #2:— GAGAIMAGES (@gagaimages) March 10, 2021
Lady Gaga & Adam Driver on the set of "House of Gucci" in Milan, Italy (March 10). pic.twitter.com/UdVWnKJZFq
While we all wait for its theatrical release, get to know the controversial history of the Gucci clan and the events that led up to the infamous murder of Maurizio Gucci in the hands of his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. Plus, learn fun facts about the making of the film and when you can expect to catch it. Here’s everything we know so far about House Of Gucci.
The complicated true story behind House Of Gucci
Gucci continued to flourish thanks to celebrities, royals and social elites who wore their pieces. However, underneath the glitz and glam, a rift was forming and another family feud (since Grimalda’s suing for her share) was about to cause trouble. After Vasco’s death in 1974, his shares defaulted to his widow but was later bought by his brothers, giving Aldo and Rodolfo a 50-50 share in Gucci. Aldo divided some of his shares among his three sons Giorgio, Paolo and Roberto. Having a lot of people with different takes on how a company should be run can be a recipe for trouble.
Paolo went on to use the iconic Gucci Flora pattern for his own women’s clothing line without permission. When the rest of the Gucci family found out, he was sued and ordered to stop. Paolo retaliated by outing his father Aldo for discrepancies in the company’s books and Aldo was eventually charged with tax evasion in 1986. Giorgio also started his own brand using the family name, which was eventually reabsorbed by the parent company.
The real trouble began when Rodolfo died in 1983 and his shares — 50 percent — was handed over to his son, Maurizio Gucci. His then-wife, Patrizia Reggiani shared that it was then that Maurizio “got crazy” and “stopped listening to her”. We don’t know about crazy, but Maurizio’s ambition became palpable and he eventually gained majority control of Gucci, through the help of a foreign investor, despite the many lawsuits filed against him, including an allegation that he forged his father’s signature. Despite his cunning business acumen, Maurizio failed to continue the family legacy. Gucci dove into financial trouble and was bought and saved by Investcorp in 1993. They then hired Tom Ford as Creative Director, who brought much-needed freshness and sexiness to the brand.
Maurizio and Patrizia’s marriage became troubled. Patrizia said that she was “very angry” and “filled with rage” about losing the family business. But we can assume, it’s also because of an affair her then-husband was having with Paola Franchi. Eighteen months after giving up Gucci, Maurizio was gunned down by a hitman in March 1995. There were a lot of suspects because of all the feuds he had but in the end, they discovered that it was Patrizia who ordered the hit. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 1998 but was released early in 2016. At the time, it was, as the New York Times puts it, a “real-life soap opera”. Now it’s a soon-to-be-blockbuster movie.
Who’s going to play who?
With a large cast of characters, House Of Gucci is going to be a star-studded movie. Here’s who’s going to play who.
Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani
Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci
Salma Hayek as Giuseppina "Pina" Auriemma
When will House Of Gucci be released?