Lady Gaga was back in character on Wednesday as she prepared to shoot her latest scenes on the set of Ridley Scott’s forthcoming biopic House Of Gucci.
The singer and actress stepped into the designer shoes of Patrizia Reggiani, the woman responsible for ordering the assassination of her estranged husband, fashion house heir Maurizio Gucci, in 1995.
Filming another scene on location in Rome, Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – sported a plunging green dress with pinched shoulders as she joined dapper co-star Adam Driver on set.
Here she comes: Lady Gaga was back in character on Wednesday as she prepared to shoot her latest scenes on the set of forthcoming biopic House Of Gucci
Driver, who takes the role of Mauricio, looked smart in a grey two-piece suit and black Gucci loafers while discussing his next scene with an assistant.
He later traded the designer clothes for a pair of weathered overalls while filming what at first appeared to be a fight scene, but later transpired to be an impromptu football match.
Meanwhile Gaga occupied space next to a red Fiat Spider as she greeted a body double sporting an identical green dress.
The film, which documents Reggiani’s sensational plot to murder her ex-husband, is based on the novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden.
True to life: The singer and actress stepped into the designer shoes of Patrizia Reggiani, the woman responsible for ordering the assassination of her estranged husband, fashion house heir Maurizio Gucci, in 1995
In good company: Gaga was joined by a suave looking Adam Driver, who takes the role of Maurizio in the new film
Upbeat: Gaga appeared to be in high spirits as she idled with mask clad crew members in Rome on Wednesday
Reggiani was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire.
Her husband had left her for another woman 10 years previously after telling her he was going on a short business trip, from which he never returned.
She was also said to be furious her former husband had started seeing other women, and feared her daughters’ $170million inheritance was at risk if he remarried before ordering the hit.
She also wanted more than the $650,000 she had been offered in a divorce settlement, the court heard.+
Reggiani eventually hired hitman Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci dead on the steps of his office in Milan as he arrived for work. Ceraulo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Resentment: Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire
The Gucci empire
The fashion empire of Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, a Florentine leather merchant whose business of selling leather travel bags prospered after the Depression and World War Two.
Guccio’s son Aldo expanded the business into Paris, New York and Tokyo as the ‘twin Gs’ of the family name became a worldwide fashion icon.
By 1974, the Gucci empire numbered 14 stores and 46 franchised boutiques around the world.
At around the same time, celebrities like Jackie Kennedy were helping establish Gucci as the world’s leading fashion brand by embracing its products.
Maurizio Gucci, Guccio’s grandson and Aldo’s nephew, took control of the company from the board of directors after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986 aged 81.
However, Maurizio would be the last member of the family to head the Gucci business.
By 1989, nearly 50 per cent of the business had been bought out by Investcorp, a group of investment bankers angling for shares of the business.
In 1993, Maurizio sold his holding for $170m to a Bahrain-based investment company.
Fancy seeing you here! The American star looked delighted after crossing paths with her stunt double, who wore an identical green patterned dress
pointing it out: Driver chatted to a mask-clad assistant while taking a break between scenes on Wednesday
She was convicted after her clairvoyant and confidante Pina Auriemma turned informer and told police about the plot.
During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories.
The court heard how she had ordered the murder of her husband after he offered her $650,000 in a divorce settlement.
Fight club: The actor was later seen filming what appeared to be an all out brawl on a dusty Italian street
Not the usual look: Mauricio’s designer suits were exchanged for a pair of weathered overalls as Driver threw himself into the scene
Peacemaker: He also appeared to hold two warring co-stars apart as they attempted to tackle one another
Triumphant: The scene was believed to capture Mauricio as he played football with friends
The winners: The mood appeared to shift as Driver’s Mauricio hugged his teammates during an impromptu kickabout
Winners: Driver held his arms aloft as he celebrated with his teammates during the scene
Relaxed: Driver later swapped the overalls for a pair of slim fitting jeans as he grabbed a coffee between takes on Wednesday
She was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 – with her pet ferret Bambi as a companion for some of the time – before being released in October 2014.
Having Bambi by her side was a special privilege negotiated by her lawyers — however he was to suffer an unfortunate demise when a fellow inmate accidentally sat on him.
Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Reggiani once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle’ and turned down the offer of day release while in prison because it would have meant doing ‘menial’ work.
Nice: Gaga was seen idling beside a red Fiat Spider while preparing to film her own rather less dramatic scenes
For me: She appeared to be confronted by an assistant carrying a large jewelry box while passing the time on set
Ready for work: Gaga prepared to climb into the Fiat Spider as her latest scene commenced on Wednesday
In 2017 a court ruled Reggiani was entitled to receive £900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune and she was given a lump sum of £16million for her time in prison.
Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the fashion company made famous with its double G logo.
In the early 1990s it was hit by problems and he sold the label for $120 million, just two years before his death.
All mine: A wardrobe of clothes waited outside a trailer upon which a piece of paper bearing the name Patrizia was visible. Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani in the new film
There she is: Gaga made her way to and from her sprawling trailer as she relaxed between takes on location in Italy
Big operation: A sprawl of trailers covered the outdoor location on the set of Ridley Scott’s new film
It comes after the heirs to Gucci aired their concerns about their depiction.
The great-grandchildren of Gucci fashion empire founder Guccio Gucci have appealed to filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott to respect their family’s legacy in the new movie that focuses on a sensational murder.
The new film is scheduled to go on general release from November 24 2021.
Outrage: Reggiani (pictured) was reportedly furious that Gucci had started seeing other women and was frustrated with how he managed his $170million fortune
High profile: During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories. She was sentenced in 1998 (pictured)