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Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace in American Crime Story

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Penelope Cruz on 13 March 2017 in Madrid, Spain. © Europa Press via Getty Images Penelope Cruz on 13 March 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Penelope Cruz will take on her first major TV role to star as Donatella Versace in Ryan Murphy’s Versace: American Crime Story.

Related: Penélope Cruz: ‘I love Spain, but I feel like a citizen of the world’

The Spanish actor and Oscar winner will join the third series of Murphy’s anthology, which began with The People v OJ Simpson in 2016, which won five Emmys, and the forthcoming second season that will focus on the story of hurricane Katrina.

Versace: American Crime Story will look at the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace, who will be played by Edgar Ramirez, and his killer Andrew Cunanan played by Glee star Darren Criss.

The series will be based on Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors and is expected to air in early 2018. There were rumors that Murphy favorite Lady Gaga, who starred in American Horror Story: Hotel, would play the role of Donatella Versace until Murphy quashed them in January 2017.

For Cruz it will be the first time she takes a regular TV role after recently starring in Zoolander 2 and a run of Spanish dramas and comedies including the well received Ma Ma.

Ryan Murphy has already confirmed season four of American Crime Story will focus on the Monica Lewinsky affair with Bill Clinton.

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