Penelope Cruz Joins Murphy’s ‘Versace’

Penelope Cruz joins the cast of Ryan Murphy’s future American Crime Story installment dealing with Gianni Versace’s murder. Cruz plays Donatella Versace.

Another limited series, another high-wattage star joins the cast of Versace.

Reports indicate that Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz has been cast as Donatella in Ryan Murphy’s Versace: American Crime Story. Earlier thoughts this year pointed to Lady Gaga taking on the role of the fashion icon, but Murphy himself squashed those rumors in early January.

This marks Cruz’s first major television role, and Muphy has a knack for bringing non-ingenues to the smaller screen. Susan Sarandon throws down with Murphy regular Jessica Lange every week in Feud: Bette and Joan, and Annette Bening will lead in his Katrina-themed season of American Crime Story. Will Emmy and other awards bodies take notice?

Cruz’s casting should have registered on someone’s radar considering how stunning she always appears on the red carpet while wearing Versace.

Cruz joins Edgar Ramirez as slain designer Gianni Versace, and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan. This third season’s casting is still majorly in development. It’s based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.

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