Angelina Jolie is close to joining the cast of Ridley Scott‘s Gucci, a drama about intrigue in high fashion. Scott wants Jolie to play Patrizia Reggiano, the woman sentenced to 29 years in prison for plotting the murder of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci.
It’s not yet written, but the script will focus on the family in the seventies and eighties when it was pulling in half a billion dollars annually. After an inter-family power struggle that ends with Maurizio coming out on top, things go downhill until he’s eventually murdered. Scott is still looking for his Maurizio and has approached Leonardo DiCaprio, who remains unattached. If Scott seems to be in a hurry, it’s for fear a Chinese film company will rip off the idea and produce a version that looks a lot like his, only to have it fall apart as soon as its seams are strained. Cheap counterfeits!