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      news Wendy Syfret 21 March 2017

      penelope cruz will play donatella versace in american crime story

      Despite rumours of Lady Gaga being in line for the role, the Spanish actress has been cast as the glittering house matriarch.

      Ever since it was announced that the next season of American Crime Story would follow the murder of Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, the fashion world has speculated over who would play Donatella. After all, the reining Versace matriarch is undoubtedly one of a kind; and it's hard to imagine another woman trying to mimic and capture her unique style and charisma. But after months of rumours — largely focused on the possibility of Donatella's friend and fan-girl Lady Gaga stepping in — the casting decision has been made. In something of a surprise turn, Penelope Cruz has been named in the part.

      It will be the Spanish Oscar-winner's first ongoing TV role. Production on American Crime Story: Versace will begin next month but won't air until the second series in the franchise, American Crime Story: Katrina, finishing airing sometime next year. Our hopes are high for this one, although the producers have big shoes to fill following on from the masterfully cheesy 2013 Lifetime movie House of Versace.

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      Topics:news, gianni versace, versace, donatella versace, american crime story, american crime story: versace, penelope cruz

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