Somebody dig a hole in the ground — after this, I can die happy.
Death, appropriately, is the crime at the heart of #Versace: American Crime Story, specifically the tragic murder of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace when he was aged just 50 in 1997. Versace was adored by his younger sister, Donatella, now one of the most iconic faces in fashion — so Ryan Murphy was never going to tell this story without her.
Murphy favorites like Sarah Paulson and Lady Gaga had been mooted to play Donatella, but news just broke that the Italian fashion industry's MVP will be embodied by none other than Oscar-winning actress and unstoppable tornado of sex appeal Penélope Cruz.
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That's pretty major for #AmericanCrimeStory — even in a post-True Detective where it's no longer that rare for a McConaughey or a McAdams to flirt with TV, Penélope Cruz feels like the biggest star to make the leap in quite some time. As the big-lipped, larger-than-life, outrageously stylish Donatella, it's hard to see how she could fail to make Versace the high-camp TV event of next year.
Playing her brother Gianni is Edgar Ramirez (presumably with plenty of flashbacks — you don't cast a man like that just to kill him in episode one), while Glee's Darren Criss is Andrew Cunanan, Versace's killer. The show is based on the book Vulgar Favors and will air sometime after Katrina: American Crime Story in 2018.
Approximately how stoked are you to see Penélope blaze up the screen in Versace: American Crime Story?