Penelope Cruz to Play Donatella Versace in 'American Crime Story' Season 3

Ruben Ruiz
March 20, 2017

The Versace-focused American Crime Story season will center around the 1997 death of Gianna Versace, who was shot on the doorstep of his Miami home.

We already knew that Lady Gaga won't be playing Donatella Versace in American Crime Story Season 3, but now we know who will: Oscar victor Penelope Cruz will portray the fashion executive and designer on Ryan Murphy's series, People confirmed. Edgar Ramirez has been cast to play Gianni, while Glee alum Darren Criss will take on the role of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Prods., is based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

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And, befitting a story set in the world of high fashion, there's already drama on that front: Back in November, we reported that Lady Gaga would be playing Donatella Versace, Gianni's sister and a flamboyant character in her own right, on the show. We know that personally, we're far more intrigued by the Versace story than we are Katrina: American Crime Story, which is meant to be season 2.

Production of Versace: AMERICAN CRIME STORY is scheduled to begin in April and air in 2018. The 10-episode season will follow the second installment of the series, "Katrina", which will air in 2018.

"Next up for Penélope was Blow, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Vanilla Sky, Masked & Anonymous, Fan Fan la Tulipe" Don't Tempt Me and Don't Move, for which she won a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress.

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