The superstar of our generation, Lady Gaga, is back with her new movie called House of Gucci, where she will portray the character of Patrizia Reggiani, and the trailer of this movie just dropped, where we get to see more about it. Let us get into the details.
As we know, Lady Gaga, previously appeared in the movie, A Star is Born, where she portrayed the character of Ally Maine, a singer/songwriter who is discovered by Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper. For this role, she was also nominated for Best Actress in the Oscar, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “Shallow”. After the huge success in her acting, Gaga is back with the new movie.
House of Gucci is set in 1995 and tells the story about the events and aftermath of the murder of Maurizio Gucci, an Italian businessman and the head of the fashion company Gucci. He was murdered by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, and the movie is going to depict this story.
Along with Lady Gaga, the movie has an ensemble cast consisting of Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, Salma Hayek as Giuseppina Auriemma, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jack Huston as Domenico De Sole, Reeve Carney as Tom Ford, Camille Cottin as Paola Franchi, Madalina Diana Ghenea as Sophia Loren, Mehdi Nebbou as Said and Miloud Mourad Benamara as Omar.
It was one of the most awaited movies, as people were excited to see what Lady Gaga has to offer this time. The movie is directed by Academy Award Nominee Ridley Scott, who has given some amazing movies like Gladiator, Blade Runner, All The Money In The World, Thelma & Louise, etc.
House of Gucci was originally planned in 2006 with Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio in lead roles. Since then, a lot of names like Penelope Cruz and Margot Robbie have been rumored to play the character of Patrizia Reggiani, but now after nearly fifteen years, Lady Gaga is here playing that character.
What is the Gucci case about?
On 27th March, 1995, Patrizia Reggiani hired a hitman to shoot her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci. The hitman shot him outside his office just as he arrived at work. This murder garnered a lot of media attention, and after two years, Gucci’s ex-wife Reggiani was arrested and accused of hiring a hitman to murder him. She was also named as the “Black Widow” by the media.
Motive for Reggiani murdering her ex-husband was revealed to be jealousy, financial reasons and resentment towards him, and also she wanted to take control over the Gucci Empire. Also, she wanted to prevent Gucci from marrying his new partner, Paola Franchi, as it would cut her alimony amount in half.
After her crime was exposed, she was sentenced to 29 years in prison, and her daughters asked that her conviction be overturned, claiming her brain tumor has affected her personality. After an appeal in the court in Milan, her sentence was reduced to 26 years in the year 2000. That year, she tried to commit suicide by hanging herself with a shoelace in the prison, but was found by the prison guards.
In October 2011, she became eligible for parole under a work release program but she refused saying, “I’ve never worked in my life and I’m certainly not going to start now.” For her good behavior, she was released in October 2016 after serving for 18 years. She was awarded an annuity of 900,000 Euros from Gucci’s estate and 16 Million Euros in back payment for her time in prison.
How is the response from the Gucci family?
Marco Bizzarri, the CEO of Gucci said that the fashion house has cooperated with the production team of the movie and gave them full access to their archives for wardrobe and props.
In an interview with Italian magazine Novella 2000, Patrizia Reggiani approved of Gaga playing her in the movie and said she immensely likes her and that she is a genius. But in March 2021, she gave an interview to the Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), where she said that she was annoyed that Gaga did not meet her and commented, “It is not an economic question. I won’t get a cent from the film. It is a question of good sense and respect.”
Later that month, it was confirmed that the producers didn’t want Gaga to meet Reggiani as they were aware of not wanting to endorse or support the awful crime she committed.
Maurizio Gucci’s second cousin, Patricia Gucci, told the Associated Press that she is truly disappointed by the movie. She claims, “They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system.” She added, “Our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything, but there is a borderline that cannot be crossed.”
According to her, the three central concerns of the family is based, and the casting of high-profile actors to play people who were not connected with the murder. She also said that the further actions will be decided after watching the completed movie.
About the trailer:
The trailer starts with Lady Gaga’s prologue, where she says, “It was a name that sounded so sweet, so seductive, synonymous with words, style, power. But that name was a curse too.”
We get to see the get-up of all the main characters, and the central plot of the movie is based on money, family, power, betrayal, sex, loyalty, scandal, ambition and murder.
The trailer looks promising as all the actors look very good in the trailer, and looks like they adopted an Italian accent as this whole story is based on Italy.
When is House of Gucci going to be released?
House of Gucci is going to be released on 24th November, 2021 in the USA and 26th November, 2021 in the UK.
Also it will be available on the streaming platform Paramount+.