penelope cruz serves donatella versace realness in american crime story
Putting the Lady Gaga casting rumours finally to bed, Penelope slips perfectly into the diamanté covered shoes of the Italian fashion designer for a TV show about brother Gianni Versace’s murder.
The first image of Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in upcoming US TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story has been revealed. Cruz debuted her new bleach-blonde hairstyle on Instagram a week ago, and now Entertainment Weekly have published the first image of her full transformation. Capturing Donatella's trademark Italian glamour, Cruz poses in a vivid fuchsia dress, split to the thigh, with diamanté sandals, and is flanked by two muscle men in skimpy logo pants.
Rumours had originally circulated that Lady Gaga had been cast to play Donatella in the series, following her appearances in executive producer Ryan Murphy's other show American Horror Story and her resemblance to the designer, but Gaga's real-life relationship with Donatella made that seem somewhat unlikely.
The 10 episode miniseries follows the story of the tragic death in 1997 of Donatella's older brother, the legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. Gianni was murdered at his Miami Beach mansion by a serial killer, and the real location at Villa Casa Casuarina has been used for the TV series. The cast also includes Ricky Martin as Gianni's partner Antonio D'Amico.
Text Charlotte Gush