House of Gucci release date, cast, reviews, trailer for crime epic
Lady Gaga teams up with director Ridley Scott and Star Wars' Adam Driver.
As we head towards awards season, one film that has received a fair amount of hype is House of Gucci, with the true-crime melodrama's trailer having made huge waves on social media when it was released earlier this year.
Lady Gaga and Jared Leto have both been tipped as possible Oscar contenders for their roles in the film, and the latter recently explained to RadioTimes.com that director Sir Ridley Scott gave the cast lots of leeway when it came to their performances.
The film is veteran filmmaker Scott's second major release of 2021 – following his historical epic The Last Duel – and has divided critics so far, with our House of Gucci review calling it "an operatic pantomime that is flawed but fun".
It sees Gaga take on the role of infamous Patrizia Reggiani, whose whirlwind romance with Adam Driver's Maurizio Gucci eventually led to tragedy for the Gucci empire, while the all-star supporting cast includes the likes of Eternals actress Salma Hayek and Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino.
Based on the 2001 account The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the film promises to be a highly entertaining affair.
So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the father, son and House of Gucci.
House of Gucci release date
House of Gucci is released in UK cinemas on Friday 26th November 2021 – around 100 years after the founding of the fashion dynasty.
There will be no streaming release for the film and so it will be exclusively available in cinemas, although in the US the film will head to the relatively new streaming service Paramount Plus following its theatrical run.
House of Gucci first reactions and reviews
The first reactions to House of Gucci are already in and they are decidedly mixed.
Fandango's Erik Davis wrote on Twitter: "GUCCI! #HouseOfGucci has a definite GODFATHER vibe, rich w/ family betrayal, transformative performances, lots of backstabbing & it's definitely more serious than it is campy.
"Lady Gaga is incredible, as is Jared Leto, and the story is WILD! The attention to detail is impeccable".
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt was less positive, penning on Twitter: "Is #HouseOfGucci a 'good' movie? In many ways it’s a mess, but the costumes and the camp accents (“GOOTCH-eeee”) and the pure bonkers Ridley Scott melodrama of it all still felt like a balm for my weary sweatpants soul."
Greenblatt added: "And if Gaga is not strictly Best Actress material, she is still the soul and tiny-espresso-cup spirit of the film."
We Live Entertainment's Scott Menzel penned on Twitter: "House of Gucci is a bloated & uneven mess that feels like two different movies rolled in one.
"Every single cast member acts as though they are in a different movie except for Al Pacino, who seems to have understood the assignment and serves as the film’s MVP."
Finally, Variety's Jazz Tangcay concluded on the same social media platform: Yes, @ladygaga is a revelation as Patrizia. She is a tour-de-force and a powerhouse. I loved it."
House of Gucci cast
House of Gucci has assembled quite the roster of talented actors and stars for its crime odyssey through the fashion house's past.
A Star Is Born actress and singing superstar Lady Gaga will be starring in the House of Gucci cast as Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite who was tried and convicted of orchestrating the assassination of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci.
Adam Driver portrays the role of leading man Maurizo, the then-head of the Gucci fashion house who had a marriage with Patrizia.
Oscar winner Jared Leto will be donning some impressive prosthetics as design chief Paolo Gucci, while British thespian Jeremy Irons portrays Maurizo's actor father Rodolpho Gucci.
Salma Hayek - who coincidentally is married to the current head of Gucci - stars as Patrizia's confidant Giuseppina "Pina" Auriemma.
Finally, The Godfather legend Al Pacino stars as Aldo Gucci who participates in a legal battle for the company with nephew Maurizio.
House of Gucci trailer
The trailer for House of Gucci is suitably stylish and chock-full of Academy Award winners and nominees- see if you can recognise Jared Leto:
And a further teaser was released in October 2021 – showing the first meeting between Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci and more footage featuring the starry ensemble cast.
And a second full trailer has also been released which once again shows off all of the cast along with the high fashion a
There is more than enough footage to get you excited for the film as the release date draws ever closer.
House of Gucci premiere
The premiere for House of Gucci took place on November 9 2021 in London with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Salma Hayek among those in attendance.
Speaking to Sky News, Gaga revealed at the event: "To say that it would be easy to play a murderer would be a lie. I don't believe she had the murder gene, but I do believe that she was triggered and pushed so far over the edge that she committed this murder."
This mirrored the actress' previous comments about the "psychological difficulties" taking on the role caused her.
“It is three years since I started working on it and I will be fully honest and transparent: I lived as her for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that,” the singer-actress told British Vogue.
“Off camera, I never broke. I stayed with her. It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde. I instantly had to dye my hair, and I started to live in a way whereby anything that I looked at, anything that I touched, I started to take notice of where and when I could see money.”
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House of Gucci book: Inspiration behind the film
House of Gucci is based on The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.
The book focuses on the shocking 1995 assassination and the subsequent trial of Patrizia Reggiani, but also includes a detailed account of the Gucci dynasty and the business's history spanning a century of conflicts and mysteries.
The book has since been republished to coincide with the release of the film, and was written by Sara Gay Forden who has covered Milan fashion brands for over 15 years.
If you want more details about the film, you can read our House of Gucci review or find out more about the House of Gucci true story.
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