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Angelina's New Role a Gucci, Gucci Coup

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She always struck us as more of a Versace gal, but Angelina Jolie is taking a theatrical, if not sartorial, step toward Gucci, signing on to star in a drama chronicling the decadent highs and murderous lows of the fashion empire.

According to Variety, Jolie will be stretching her acting muscles as the femme fatale Patrizia Reggiano, the woman who was sentenced to nearly three decades behind bars for plotting the 1995 murder of ex-husband Maurizio Gucci.

The film will be set in the design house's '70s and '80s heyday, when Maurizio emerged, in the wake of a vicious power struggle, to take over the family business. Prior to the show that would relaunch the brand (courtesy of designs from Tom Ford, incidentally), Maurizio was shot dead in front of his Milan home.

Talk about one day you're in and the next you're out.

No actor has signed on to play Jolie's ill-fated love in the film, which starts production next year, though Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached by director Ridley Scott.

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Angelina's not the only star who's signed on the dotted line. Check out Hollywood's other movers and shakers with a flip through our Casting Couch gallery.

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