Gaspard Ulliel to play Yves Saint Laurent in a new biopic
OUT OF THE BLUE: French actor and model Gaspard Ulliel, the face of Chanel’s male fragrance Blue, will play the role of Yves Saint Laurent in a new biopic to be directed by Bertrand Bonello, according to Eric Altmayer, the producer of the film. Shooting on “Saint Laurent” is due to start next spring, he added. The film is cowritten by Bonello — whose last feature, “House of Tolerance,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year — and Thomas Bidegain, known for his work with director Jacques Audiard on “Rust and Bone” and “A Prophet.”
Ulliel is best remembered for his role as a young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” and was recently seen in the historical drama “The Princess of Montpensier.” He has also appeared in a campaign for Longchamp alongside Kate Moss.
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FRENCH actor Gaspard Ulliel has been cast as Yves Saint Laurent in an upcoming biopic of the iconic designer. Currently the face of Chanel’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, the 27-year old actor and model is best known for playing a young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising, as well as posing alongside Kate Moss for Longchamp’s autumn/winter 2008-2009 campaign.
“A huge audition was organised after Cannes and Gaspard Ulliel won the part,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Paris-based Films Distribution, according to screendaily.com.
Oh, Gaspard. He used to be so handsome and charming until he realised he looked handsome and charming. I feel like the role would've worked at the time he started, when he looked shy in that Yves Saint Laurent way.
Looking forward to this film anyway, Yves led such an interesting life. He truly lucked out in the time/generation department.