American Crime Story season 3: Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace

Posted March 20, 2017

The Spanish actress will apparently star in the third series of American Crime Story. While the Hurricane Katrina-centric follow-up iteration to Murphy's acclaimed 2016 FX anthology series American Crime Story is circling a premiere date, the 2018-set third iteration has just procured an Oscar victor to play its central character in Penélope Cruz.

Gianni Versace, who will be played by Edgar Ramirez (The Girl on the Train, The Bourne Ultimatum) in the FX series, was killed outside of his Miami Beach home by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Cruz joins a cast that includes Darren Criss (Glee) as Cunanan.

Cruz takes the role that was briefly rumored to be going to American Horror Story grad Lady Gaga. But this news puts those rumors to rest. Since marrying fellow Oscar-winning Spaniard Javier Bardem in 2010, Cruz has been flying under the radar, appearing previous year in the ill-fated Zoolander 2.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, will be based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, with Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) set to write the first two and multiple subsequent episodes.

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She then ascended to stateside stardom in films like Vanilla Sky and Blow, earning Oscar nominations for Almodóvar's Volver and the otherwise forgettable Nine, and winning Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen's Vicki Cristina Barcelona.

Tom Rob Smith will serve as writer for numerous Versace episodes, as well as executive producer alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Brad Falchuk.