Penélope Cruz To Play Donatella Versace In FX's 'Versace: American Crime Story'
Mar 21 2017
Production on the third season of FX's critical darling is set to bring this April with Season 3 set to arrive sometime in 2018; an official premiere date will be announced at a later date as will additional casting details! Though it definitely adds a touch of familiarity to see old faces worked into new characters in these Murphy projects-it'll be amusing to watch Glee's Darren Criss morph into Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan-it also gets sort of exhausted.
Murphy is also behind "American Horror Story", which will offer a seventh installment this year.
Oscar victor Penélope Cruz is to portray Donatella Versace in Versace: American Crime Story, which chronicles the murder of the fashion icon's designer brother Gianni by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. The second season, which will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will alternate filming with Versace and also air in 2018. She has a number of firsts to her credit as well, including the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award, which she won in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2009 for her role as painter Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
It will be interesting to see Cruz's interpretation of the famed Italian fashion designer who took over her brother, Gianni Versace's, fashion empire after he was brutally murdered on the steps of his home in Miami Beach.
Move over, Lady Gaga! American Crime Story has found its star for Versace: American Crime Story. But Murphy told reporters last January, "She's a friend". It will be based on the book Vulgar Favors:Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. Look for her later this year in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, alongside Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench.