Ryan Murphy has chosen the actress who will play fashion icon Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story, his real-life crime anthology series on FX. And while she’s definitely an A-lister, she’s new to Murphy’s corral of stars—and to television.
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) will star as Donatella in Versace: American Crime Story, which will chronicle the murder of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).
Cunanan shot and killed the designer outside his Miami mansion in 1997 and committed suicide a week later as police were closing in.
Premiering some time in 2018, the show is based on Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, with Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) contributing scripts. It marks Cruz’s first TV series regular role, but Murphy has done well by fellow Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, currently co-starring in Feud.
Versace will debut after the show’s second season, set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, has wrapped. Murphy has already revealed he’s looking at the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal as the topic of Season Four.