Thursday, October 6, 2022

Jared Leto to Play Karl Lagerfeld in Biopic of Late Fashion Designer

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Oscar winner Jared Leto is set to star in and produce a biopic of iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The project is still in early stages, and a filmmaker is not yet attached to direct. Lagerfeld, who died in February 2019, is best known for his powerful role as artistic director of Chanel, and his career spanned more than 50 years. Leto will play the lead role and produce alongside Emma Ludbrook through their production company Paradox.

Story details are being kept under wraps, but it has been reported that the film will cover the key relationships in Lagerfeld's life, told through an unpredictable lens, much like the man himself. The late fashion icon's trusted confidants, Pier Paolo Righi, Caroline Lebar, and S├ębastien Jondeau, will partner as executive producers of the film. For over 35 years, Caroline Lebar worked closely with Lagerfeld as an advisor for both his brand and personal communications, while Pier Paolo Righi has served as CEO for Lagerfeld for over 10 years. Sebastien Jondeau spent 20 years as the designer's personal assistant and bodyguard, and continues his collaboration with the brand today as a Style Consultant.

Righi, CEO of the Karl Lagerfeld brand had this to say about the project:
"Over the years, we have been approached by several Hollywood producers who suggested to partner on a movie about Karl's iconic life. It has been only since we met Jared and Emma that we felt truly confident about the story being told in the artistic way Karl would have loved to see. Throughout our conversations, we have created an equally trustful and inspiring creative relationship that will allow us to work together very fluidly on this beautiful project."

Leto said the following:
"Karl has always been an inspiration to me. He was a true polymath, an artist, an innovator, a leader and, most importantly, a kind man. When we came together with the Karl Lagerfeld team, we immediately shared a creative vision of doing a respectful ode to Karl while pushing the artistic boundaries of what a biopic can be. I'm so grateful to Karo, Pier and Seb for allowing us to go on this journey together".


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