The Oscar winner will play Lagerfeld and will also produce the feature with Emma Ludbrook through their production company Paradox.
“I feel like this is a full-circle moment and Karl would be proud of what we’re doing,” Leto said Women’s clothing daily, Billboard‘s sister publication that first broke the news. “Karl was an artist. Period. He was a fashion designer, he was a photographer, he was an artist. There was no definition of him. He was a creative powerhouse.”
Still in the early stages of development and with a director yet to be attached, there are few details about the film, although it does come with the backing of fashion house Karl Lagerfeld, who told WWD it recounts “key events in Karl Lagerfeld’s life, told through an unpredictable lens, like the man himself.”
Added Leto: “There’s a ton of relationships to explore. Karl had a career that spanned 50 years, so both personally and professionally he was close to a number of people. I can say we’re coming home to key relationships that conveys different parts of his life.”
The actor has reportedly brought three of Lagerfeld’s close confidants on board: his fashion house boss Pier Paolo Righi, senior vp image and communications Caroline Lebar and personal assistant and bodyguard Sébastien Jondeau. All three will serve as executive producers.
“My role is to portray him on screen as honestly as possible,” Leto continued of Lagerfeld. “With celebrity, most people can’t see below the surface. They see one or two facets of a person as presented through a public lens. Karl was human. We all have beauty in us and we all have flaws. We have masks, and then we have moments where we reveal the mask. I’m always interested to see what’s behind the mask.”
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.