French actor, model, and generally beautiful human Gaspard Ulliel has been cast as Yves Saint Laurent in an upcoming biopic about the life of the iconic designer.
Ulliel's previous work includes an appearance in "Hannibal Rising" as Hannibal Lecter, a spot in the French film "A Very Long Engagement," and serving as the face of Chanel's Bleu de Chanel fragrance in an ad directed by Martin Scorsese.
"A huge audition was organized after Cannes and Gaspard Ulliel won the part," said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Paris' Films Distribution, screendaily.com reports.
Filming for the untitled project is set to begin in the Spring of 2013, and will focus on the designer's rise to fame in the '60s and '70s. The film is reportedly being made on a budget of approximately $19 million with Bertrand Bonello directing.
There is an another YSL biopic in the works which is being directed by Jalil Lespert and has been approved by YSL partner Pierre Bergé.