Academy award winning actress Penélope Cruz plays Donatella Versace in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The film focuses on the 1997 murder of the designer in Miami and will be released in 2018. Before signing the contract, the Spanish actress had a conversation with Donatella Versace, the sister of the murdered Italian fashion designer, because she wanted to have her approval. “I think she knows that the way I’m playing her, that I truly love her and respect her,” Penélope Cruz said.
Gianni Versace (1946-1997) brought rock, art, glamour, sexuality and brilliant colour into contemporary fashion. He was the first to realize the value of celebrities in the front row and in ad campaigns. And he was the first to understand the value of supermodels. Gianni Versace created the supermodels. His glamorous fashion shows and ad campaigns featuring Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen made history.
(Above) The cover of Weekly Entertainment. The leading actors pose in front of the pool at Villa Casa Casuarina, the Miami Beach home in which Gianni Versace was killed on 15 July 1997: Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Penélope Cruz and Ricky Martin.
VIDEO PENELOPE CRUZ AS DONATELLA VERSACE
Ahead of its 2018 release, the first trailer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace featuring Penélope Cruz with a platinum wig has just been released. In one of the scenes, Donatella Versace says: “Everything you see around us – this house, this company – was his life. I will not allow that man, that nobody, to kill my brother twice.”
RICKY MARTIN AS GIANNI VERSACE’S LOVER ANTONIO
In American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the fashion designer is played by Edgar Ramirez with Ricky Martin as his Italian lover Antonio D’Amico. Darren Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, who shot the designer on the steps of his South Beach villa. Ten days later, serial killer Buchanan shot himself.
VIDEO PENELOPE CRUZ AS DONATELLA VERSACE, INTERVIEW WITH THE MAIN ACTORS
Take a look at the interesting ABC documentary of Versace and his murder.
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