Jared Leto said Wednesday he plans to star in and produce a biopic charting the life and career of legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Better yet, the project has backing from the late Chanel icon’s fashion house via “trusted confidants” Pier Paolo Righi, Caroline Lebar and Sébastien Jondeau, who will partner as executive producers of the film. Leto’s partner Emma Ludbrook will also co-produce through their production company Paradox.
“Karl has always been an inspiration to me,” Leto said in a statement. “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.”
While the exact story of the biopic is still under wraps, a release from Leto’s team reveals that “the film will cover the key relationships in Karl Lagerfeld’s life, told through an unpredictable lens, much like the man himself. Producers are currently in conversation with filmmakers.”
Lagerfeld’s camp said that this is hardly the first time they’ve been asked to bring the designer’s story to the big screen.
“Over the years, we have been approached by several Hollywood producers who suggested to partner on a movie about Karl’s iconic life,” says Righi, CEO of the Karl Lagerfeld brand. “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 and Paradox are repped by WME and Slate PR.