Meet the fashionistas! Here’s our guide to the characters and cast from Ridley Scott’s new Gucci movie

Ridley Scott’s new Gucci movie tells the story of a fashion empire rocked by in-fighting, infidelity and the most infamous murder of the ’90s.

From favourite sons to black sheep, femmes fatales to fashion victims, here’s a close-up on the key characters from the all-star House Of Gucci cast.

House Of Gucci release date: 26th November

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani

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Lady Gaga
is Patrizia Reggiani

Swaddled in furs, dusted with diamonds, inscrutable beneath saucer-sized sunglasses and spitting venom from a vicious tongue, Patrizia Reggiani is a character so fabulous it’s hard to accept she exists for real. Move over, Cruella – this Devil wears Gucci.

With an irresistible backstory, the dilemma for Ridley Scott is: who do you get to play the wildly charismatic, ferociously glamorous avenging angel dubbed ‘the Black Widow’ by the press? Angelina Jolie, Penélope Cruz and Margot Robbie have all been in the frame since production began in 2016 – but House Of Gucci simply wouldn’t work without Lady Gaga.

We already knew the pop star could act from her roles as a nymphomaniac vampire in American Horror Story and a country star ingénue in A Star Is Born. But as you’ll agree after watching the House Of Gucci trailer, this is Gaga’s finest hour: a purring, pouting, hissing tour de force that practically puts out a manicured hand and demands an Oscar.

Her performance is the result, Gaga told Vogue, of a dedication to method acting not seen since De Niro gained 60 pounds for Raging Bull. “I lived as Patrizia for a year-and-a-half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. Off camera, too. I never broke…”

Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci

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Adam Driver
is Maurizio Gucci

As grandson of the fashion house’s founder, Guccio Gucci, and only child of Rodolfo Gucci, Maurizio was groomed to inherit the family business from the day he joined Gucci as a lowly package boy.

Reggiani once admitted she “didn’t think much of him at first – he was just the quiet boy whose teeth crossed over at the front”. But Maurizio had a steelier streak than his Clark Kent appearance would suggest.

To play this walking contradiction of a man takes an actor of rare talent. Enter Adam Driver.

The 37-year-old Californian might be best-known for his portrayal of Star Wars’ conflicted villain Kylo Ren, but from the hateful hipster of While We’re Young to the accused nobleman in this year’s The Last Duel, his filmography speaks of an actor who can summon anything from quiet fury to black comedy. Based on the House Of Gucci trailer, he’ll play Maurizio as a simmering hornet’s nest, not just a fashion victim.

Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci

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Jared Leto
is Paolo Gucci

Born in Florence in 1931, the grandson of Gucci’s founder could take much credit for the fashion house’s rise, serving as chief designer in the late-’60s, crowned vice-president in 1978 by his father Aldo, and even creating the iconic ‘double G’ logo still seen on handbags from Dubai to Monte Carlo.

Paolo is remembered, too, for his role in splintering the family. In 1980, he secretly developed his own fashion brand bearing the Gucci name, leading to his firing from the company amid a flurry of lawsuits. But as House Of Gucci is sure to demonstrate, Paolo proved that revenge is a dish best served cold.

Paolo died of chronic hepatitis in October 1995 – so we’ll never know his verdict on Jared Leto’s performance. But while the headlines have inevitably fixated on the latest physical transformation by an actor who once lost 40 pounds to play a dying trans woman – and now receives a bald cap and facial prosthetics as Paolo – it’s his slow-burn mental unravelling that’s so magnetic to watch in the new Gucci movie. “I immediately saw Paolo as a dreamer, the black sheep of his family,” Leto told EW. “Someone never really heard.” 

Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci

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Jeremy Irons
is Rodolfo Gucci

Born in 1912 as the middle child of Gucci’s founder, Guccio Gucci, Rodolfo at first distanced himself from the family business, instead acting in over 40 films between 1929 and 1946 – and naming his son Maurizio after his stage name.

But in the ’50s, Rodolfo was drawn back to Gucci, and proved instrumental in establishing its global empire, opening the first store outside Italy in New York City in 1952. Sadly, the death of Guccio the following year set in motion a pattern of in-fighting over percentages among the Gucci clan – and when Rodolfo himself died in 1983, the power vacuum brought the fashion house to its knees.

At 73, Jeremy Irons is a British national treasure, with a résumé that spans from the West End, through his Best Actor Oscar for 1990’s Reversal Of Fortune, to popcorn-munchers like The Lion King and Die Hard With A Vengeance. But as you’ll see in the House Of Gucci trailer, the role of this complicated Italian businessman fits him like a made-to-measure houndstooth wool jacket.

Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci

Al Pacino
is Aldo Gucci

Born in 1905 as the eldest son of Guccio, Aldo was just 16 when he started work at his father's clothes shop on Florence’s Via Della Vigna Nuova. But he always had bigger ideas, opening the first Gucci store in Rome in 1938, and a member of the 1952 New York expedition that saw the Italian brand plant its flag in America.

When US President John F. Kennedy pronounced Aldo the first Italian Ambassador to Fashion – and the press dubbed him ‘the Michaelangelo of merchandising’ – it was confirmation of his arrival as a power player.

Aldo’s daughter has taken issue with Al Pacino as a lookalike in House Of Gucci (“My father was a very handsome man,” she says, “like all the Guccis, and very tall, blue eyes and very elegant”). But she’d surely agree that as the ringmaster and alpha of the Gucci clan, the Godfather legend brings a great white shark charisma to the new Gucci movie. “Gucci,” smiles/warns Aldo, “is whatever I say it is…”

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