Penelope Cruz Lands Role as Donatella in Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss as Serial Killer

Versace: American Crime Story
Versace: American Crime Story

Penelope Cruz has landed a major role in the upcoming Versace: American Crime Story.

The American Crime Story official Twitter account has confirmed that Cruz is joining the cast and welcomed the actress to the ACS family. Cruz will be playing the role of Gianni Versace’s sister, Donatella, in the upcoming crime drama.

The Versace story marks Cruz’s first regular role in television. She previously appeared in Série rose and Framed in the 90s and voiced a character on Sesame Street in 2013-2014, E! News noted.

The Versace: American Crime Story is based on the book Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors. The TV adaptation will chronicle the murder of the famous designer by Andrew Cunanan.  In the wake of her brother’s death, Donatella assumed control of the Versace fashion house.

Meanwhile, Glee alum Darren Criss will portray Cunanan, who committed suicide eight days after his cross-country killing spree in 1997. It was earlier announced that the role of Gianni Versace will be played by Édgar Ramírez.

Ramirez previously revealed what he had discovered about the fashion designer while researching for the role. He told Vanity Fair in February:

“I have discovered not only was he known for glamour, festivity, sexuality, hedonism, and pleasure — he was also very family-oriented. He was way more modest and focused than people would ever imagine.”

The murder story of the fashion icon will be the third season of ACS.  It is a 10-episode season and scheduled to premiere in 2018. The production will begin next month.

Lady Gaga as Donatella in Versace: American Crime Story

Speculations emerged that Lady Gaga will play Donatella since she and ACS creator Ryan Murphy have worked together in American Horror Story. Several AHS actors appeared in a more than one season of the show or in American Crime Story.

Sarah Paulson, for instance, appeared in all seasons of AHS. She also led the cast of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Paulson was confirmed to play a role in Katrina: American Crime Story.

The speculations were further heightened after the Bad Romance hitmaker shared on social media a photo of her while holding a new book of Donatella. However, Murphy denied the rumors, saying he would love to work with the singer but Gaga will not be part of ACS because of her busy schedule this year.

The showrunner later on hinted that the part will be played by an Oscar winner. Cruz won an Oscar for her role in 2009 movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

READ ALSO: American Crime Story: Why Ryan Murphy Will Never Cast Lady Gaga as Donatella

Image Source: Instagram/Penelope Cruz

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Penelope Cruz Lands Role as Donatella in Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss as Serial Killer

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