American Crime Story Has Found Its Donatella Versace: Penélope Cruz

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Ryan Murphy has found his Donatella Versace.

The American Crime Story executive producer has cast Oscar winner Penélope Cruz to play the famed Italian fashion designer in an upcoming edition of his FX anthology series.

The Pirates of the Carribean and Vanilla Sky actress will play the sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace in Versace: American Crime Story. In 2009, the Spanish actress won best supporting actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Penelope Cruz and Donatella Versace
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Previously, Edgar Ramirez was cast as Gianni with Darren Criss signed on to play serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the miniseries, which is based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth.

Versace is expected to be the third edition of the franchise that launched to acclaim with The People vs. O.J. Simpson last year and will continue with Katrina in 2018. The Versace edition is also expected to air in 2018.

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Lady Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her part on Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel, was considered for the Donatella role, and there were even erroneous reports claiming she was cast. But Murphy shot that rumor down at the Television Critics Association press tour last January.

“She’s a friend. But she’s very busy this next year—she’s doing Super Bowl and then she’s doing A Star Is Born and I believe that she’s going on tour. And 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.”


[MUSIC] We're here for an event for American Express intern cardholders. We do these sort of one on one's with, with designers it's the third in the series. It's a, both an interview, a meat and greet, a fashion show and a shopping spree all rolled into one. It's kind of a like a pep rally. It really is. It's like a pep rally for fashion. [MUSIC] What I like about the [INAUDIBLE] that have come to the events is their enthusiasm. They want to come for something special. They're looking for something special. They really want to make sort of a connection between these designers and themselves. [MUSIC] Is it important for me to hear what customers say [INAUDIBLE] when we think about the clothes and we wear the clothes or we like to wear the clothes. [MUSIC] I think the philosophy of Versache is about glamour, it's quality, It's about joy. I think fashion for me is always exciting. Fashion is about changes it's about evolving it's about doing new things. Versache people can't help it in the, in the, in the fact that everything they do is sexy. And I don't think there's [LAUGH] anything more important. And enjoying yourself in then, in something that's sexy. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]
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