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The story of Alexander McQueen’s meteoric rise to the top of the fashion industry—and his tragic death by suicide at the age of 40—is headed to big screen. Andrew Haigh, director of 45 Years and Weekend, is set to direct a biopic based on the life of McQueen, Deadline reports, with playwright Chris Urch penning the script and Damian Jones and Pathe producing. Production on the film is expected to begin at the end of the year.

Lee Alexander McQueen, the son of a taxi driver and schoolteacher, grew up in East London and apprenticed on Savile Row before attending Central Saint Martins and launching his own wildly successful line in 1992. He also served as head designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. On February 11, 2010, McQueen committed suicide at his London home.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US