Gaspard Ulliel has been cast as Yves Saint Laurent in a new movie.

The French actor will star as the late designer – full name Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent – in a forthcoming biopic about the early days of his career.

The 27-year-old reportedly beat many other actors to win the lead role.

“It was a huge audition [process],” reported screendaily.com.

Gaspard has appeared previously in hit movies Hannibal Rising and A Very Long Engagement.

The handsome Frenchman is best recognised for his brooding performance in Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel TV advert which was directed by Martin Scorsese.

Bertrand Bonello will direct the film that is due to begin shooting in spring next year.

The movie is as yet untitled and without a release date but will focus on the launch of Yves Saint Laurent’s eponymous design house in its ‘60s and ‘70s heyday.

This was the era when it was regarded as the most famous and innovative fashion label in the world.

Pierre Bergé, the late designer’s partner of 50 years, has reportedly not given the project his approval.

Another movie about Yves Saint Laurent’s life is also in the pipeline and will focus on the late designer’s romantic relationship with Pierre.

At present there is no further information on the film, except that it will be directed by Jalil Lespert and that Pierre has given it his blessing. – COVER MEDIA