Few movies, let alone production stills, have been able to capture the zeitgeist the way House of Gucci has. For weeks now, the upcoming film from Ridley Scott—starring Oscar-winning pop sensation Lady Gaga and Oscar-nominated perennial internet boyfriend Adam Driver, with Oscar winners Al Pacino, Jared Leto, and Jeremy Irons in supporting roles—has driven the internet to distraction based solely on the strength of its set photos. Look! There’s Adam Driver and Lady Gaga decked out in impeccable ’80s ski attire, posing together on the deck of some fabulous ski chalet. Gasp! A brunette Lady Gaga forcefully shoves a calzone down Adam Driver’s throat. The photos are gaudy, bawdy, aggressively Italian, and most importantly, seem to have all the ingredients necessary to make an incredible motion picture.
Even better, the story they’re serving is almost too good to be true. The film is focused on the murder of Maurizio Gucci (played by Driver), grandson of fashion house founder Guccio Gucci, which was orchestrated by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga, of course). Reggiani was convicted of his assassination in 1998. When a reporter asked in 2014 why she hadn’t shot her ex-husband herself, Reggiani replied, “My eyesight is not so good. I didn’t want to miss.”
Unfortunately for humankind, there’s no House of Gucci footage available for public consumption just yet. So in the meantime, we will be paying way too much attention to the best production stills, losing ourselves in the Italian decadence of *House of Gucci—*and speculating as to what this film, which has already given us so much, has in store.
Gaga and Adam Driver at “The Chalet”
The picture that launched a thousand tweets. Backed by a stunning snowy landscape, Gaga and Driver are serving après-ski eleganza, cozied up together on the deck of the ski chalet in their black and white snow gear. Gaga’s white Cossack hat and jewelry combined look like they’re worth approximately six months’ rent (plus utilities), and Chris Evans’s Knives Out cable-knit sweater wants what Adam Driver’s House of Gucci sweater has. At first glance, they look like the picture-perfect couple, but if you look into Gaga’s eyes, you can see she’s plotting something…
Gaga in “The White Dress”
Gaga stands next to a pool, in a shoulder-less white minidress, matching shawl, and black belt, dutifully listening to a member of production. It’s a simple photo, but at least suggests that we may be getting some stunning scenic shots from the Scott film, which was shot on location in Italy. Molto bello!
Gaga in “The Big Fluffy Coat”