Jared Leto will produce & star in a Karl Lagerfeld bio-pic: nope or meh?

As an American, I can say this: I get why Europeans hate Americans sometimes. American actors play European-accented characters and we do it poorly. Americans also “remake” good European films because Hollywood producers believe people (Americans) are too dumb to read subtitles. It’s part and parcel of the ugly-Americanism within Hollywood. Anyway, that was my reaction to reading this news: Ugly American Jared Leto is going to play Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic German fashion designer who passed away in 2019. Like, German actors EXIST. Hire one of them! Hire several German actors to play Lagerfeld throughout his life. Jared Leto doesn’t have the range, there are literally thousands of (American and German) actors more talented than Leto who could play this role.

Jared Leto is set to star in and produce a biopic of Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary glove-wearing fashion designer and former artistic director of Chanel, who died in February 2019. The Oscar winner is set to 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 are doing,” Leto told Women’s Wear Daily, The Hollywood Reporter‘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 defining him. He was a creative powerhouse.”

Still in the early stages of development and with a director not yet attached, there are few details about the film, although it does come with the backing of the Karl Lagerfeld fashion house, which told WWD it chronicles “key relationships in Karl Lagerfeld’s life, told through an unpredictable lens, much like the man himself.”

Added Leto: “There are a multitude of relationships to explore. Karl had a career that spanned 50-plus years, so both personally and professionally he was close to a number of people. I can say we are going to home in on key relationships that convey different parts of his life.”

The actor has reportedly brought on board three of Lagerfeld’s close confidants: his fashion house chief executive Pier Paolo Righi, senior vp image and communications Caroline Lebar, and personal assistant and bodyguard Sébastien Jondeau. All three will serve as exec producers.

“My role is to portray him on screen as honestly as possible,” Leto continued of Lagerfeld. “With celebrity, most people don’t get to see under the surface. They see one or two facets of a person as presented through a public lens. Karl was a human being. We all have beauty within us and we all have faults. We have masks and then we have moments when we reveal the mask. I’m always interested in seeing what’s behind the mask.”

[From THR]

First of all, no. Second of all, how dare you. No, while I grew to hate-respect Lagerfeld’s magnificent bitchery, I actually don’t need to see a movie about him, especially not one starring Jared Leto as some kind of ridiculous camp version of Lagerfeld. I’m still traumatized by Leto’s stupid, asinine performance in House of Gucci, where his offensive “Italian accent” was easily the worst part. God, I’m really sorry to all German people. Hollywood is full of a–holes, that’s all I’ll say.

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  1. North of Boston says:

    Double nope

  2. Ann says:

    Ew. No.

  3. Lizzie Bathory says:

    Well Lagerfeld was a talented artist, an eccentric person & a giant asshole much of the time, so the casting might be spot on (though I think Leto has less talent than has been ascribed to him). No way I’m going to watch this.

    • Nem says:

      I ‘m quite sure lagerfeld would never have wished this.
      He tried to prevent a biography of Saint Laurent and himself by Alicia Drake from being released in French.
      In this book, in the rivalry between the two, he was always the loser, the second, in haute couture and love, etc.
      He only become the fashion absolute and only juggernaut personnality once Saint Laurent died.
      The former lagerfeld collaborators are here for the money, clout, and avoiding too damaging facts to appear in the film: his racism, fatphobic misogyny, elitism, bad behaviour against co workers, cheating from french taxes…
      As a former teenage fan of my so called life, jared leto career moves from suicide squad to now are a such mess…

  4. girl_ninja says:

    When is Jared gonna face the consequences of his actions? He has been talked about for YEARS regarding grooming and preying on young women. Is Will Smith the only actor in Hollywood who is paying for his mistakes?

    • Nem says:

      Talk is not big newspapers articles and Justice.
      And contrary to harry styles current girlfriend, he learned when to be discreet and to tone down (a little) after suicide squad campaign fiasco , and seems to have an excellent team for PR, and avoiding trials.
      And even if he was to have problems, we have seen james Franco or the other Affleck bro being protected or paying their way to freedom.
      so Hollywood will continue to punish harshly, and to fail a black superstar for one pecadillo in a great career (when we know from amy Pascal mails he’s hated for having unique success and resilience in a very racist industry), and helping Leto complete his c.v with prestige films and blockbusters roles, where he will be awful.

  5. Aud says:

    Jared is a predator. Stop giving him work.

  6. Anon says:

    Can’t it be both?

  7. Noki says:

    Jared is already insufferable,it should go to someone who will take this as a challenge and a suprising casting. This is too expected of him.

  8. Eurydice says:

    Other than Jared Leto – ugh, I don’t see the problem. It’s not like studios are clamoring to do a biopic of Lagerfeld – like there’s some big budget film already in the works and the studio decided to cast Jared Leto. Leto wants to do it, he’s going to produce it, he’s got backing from the Lagerfeld team (which, presumably means money, too). And if it’s still in early stages of development, it might never get made.

  9. B says:

    I’m more interested in the role of Choupette.

  10. Jaded says:

    Given what I’ve seen him doing with his best pal Tony “The Pervert” Richardson, big nope. I’ll never be able to bleach that godawful stuff out of my brain. Leto’s a sick predator.

  11. detritus says:

    I won’t watch anything with Leto in it, and definitely have no interest in watching a misogynistic rapist play a misogynistic gay man.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    God no. He’s so OTT he gives me stomach cramps now with his cult.

  13. Isadora says:

    I frankly have no interest in a BS Kunty Karl whitewash biography. One where he fat shames or be racist to women.
    And be played by Leto…that’s a double whammy of hard pass.

  14. Katie says:

    “First of all, no. Second of all, how dare you. No, while I grew to hate-respect Lagerfeld’s magnificent bitchery” — perfectly said lol