Andrew Haigh to helm Alexander McQueen biopic

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Andrew Haigh to helm Alexander McQueen biopic

Andrew Haigh is set to helm a biopic about late fashion legend Alexander McQueen.

The filmmaker received universal praise for his movie '45 Years' - which he wrote and directed and which spawned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for its leading lady Charlotte Rampling - and will now lead the highly-anticipated project about the British designer's life.

According to Deadline, Haigh will chronicle the rise of McQueen, who was a pioneer of haute couture fashion and one of the most in-demand clothing experts in the world but who tragically killed himself in February 2010 shortly after his mother passed away.

The biopic will be based on a script by playwright Chris Urch - author of 'Land of Our Fathers' and 'The Rolling Stone' - who will be adapting Andrew Wilson's biography of McQueen, 'Blood Beneath the Skin'.

McQueen - who was openly gay - had an interesting path to stardom.

From Scottish/Irish decent, he was born in east London and his dad was a taxi driver, but rather than follow in his father's footsteps he took up an apprenticeship as a tailor on Savile Row and a course at Central Saint Martin's fashion school followed.

He was friend to fellow British icons Kate Moss and the late David Bowie, whom he dressed for his 2006/2007 tour, and was named British fashion designer of the year on four occasions.

Before finding fame as a designer, McQueen dressed royals and statesmen, including Britain's Prince Charles and former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhael Gorbachev, when he was a tailor on Savile Row.