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Penélope Cruz to play Donatella Versace for FX

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Edmund Wade | 21 March, 2017, 00:39

He plays the bad guy: Darren Criss will star as the icon's killer Andrew Cunanan. Versace: American Crime Story is the third installment of the award-winning limited series from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. It will be based on the book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.

The first American Crime Story series, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was released in February 2016, and was met with rave reviews, receiving tons of accolades, including 10 Emmy wins. Prior to the announcement of Cruz's casting for the third season, Lady Gaga was rumored to be in the running for the Donatella role.

Gianna Versace was gunned down on the steps of his Miami mansion in July 1997 after being stalked by serial killer. Its premiere will follow the second season of the show, which will focus on the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 with Annette Bening set to play Kathleen Blanco, the former Governor of Louisiana. Cruz won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2009 for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, also notably appearing in last year's Zoolander 2, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 2001's Blow and a career breakthrough opposite Tom Cruise in 2001's Vanilla Sky.

This marks the USA television debut for Cruz, who won an Oscar in 2009 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. "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", said Murphy. So I just don't think with her schedule, I knew that it would never had worked.

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