Penelope Cruz is set to play Donatella Versace in FX’s Versace: American Crime Story, the third portion of the literary collection by Ryan Murphy.
The film will delve into the murder of Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan.
Cruz joins previously announced stars Edgar Ramirez, playing Gianni Versace, and Darren Criss, who will play Cunanan.
“American Crime Story” marks Cruz’s regular television debut, following a huge movie career. The Oscar-winning Spanish actress is known for films such as Vanilla Sky, Blow, Volver, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
When the “Versace” season was announced, rumors went around of Lady Gaga playing Donatella. However, Murphy told Variety that the singer; who collaborated with Murphy on “American Horror Story: Hotel” — will not be starring as Donatella, and there were never any plans of Gaga playing the role.
“When you’re going to do a show like Versace, it’s a five-month commitment, it’s a very big show, we’re shooting it all over the world. So I just don’t think with her schedule, I knew that it would never had worked. But I would love to work with her on something in the future,” said Murphy.
The Versace-centric season will be based on the book Vulgar Favors written Maureen Orth.
Versace begins production next month. The second season, which will center around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will also air in 2018, but before “Versace”.
FX’s Versace: American Crime Story is not expected to air until 2018.