The show is the second season to come from Ryan Murphy, in his 'American Crime Story' series.
Though Penelope Cruz says she spoke with Donatella Versace before agreeing to take on the role of the famous fashion designer in the second season of 'American Crime Story', the Versace family have said in a new statement that the series, subtitled 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' has nothing to do with the real events that surround the mentioned subject's murder. In fact, they go so far as to call the show a "work of fiction".
Penelope Cruz will star as Donatella Versace in the show
Edgar Ramirez is the man taking on the titular role in the new series of 'American Crime Story', starring alongside the likes of Cruz as sister Donatella, Ricky Martin as his longtime romantic partner Antonio D'Amico, and Darren Criss as his killer Andrew Cunanan. The scenes in the show are based on those described in Maureen Orth's book 'Vulgar Favors', which has also never been certified as truth by the Versace estate.
Gianni Versace and Apollo 13 - Black and white cocktail dress by Beville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany worn in 1989 (L) and black ribbed silk shift evening dress by Gianni Versace worn to the London premiere of Apollo 13 in 1995 (R). Tuesday 20th March 2012 Diana: Glimpses of a modern princess - photocall and press view held at Kensington Palace.