First Look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in 'American Crime Story'

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

American Crime Story is probably going to be high drama when it hits screens next year - and our first look at the series' biggest star in-character suggests it'll also be the campest thing this side of a Christmas Eve Moulin Rouge!-themed costume party held in a chic Parisian penthouse where even the doorman wears drag.

TV Guide said the new image seems like series creator Ryan Murphy will be doing away with the seriousness and gritty neutrals that were themes to the show's previous season, the multi-awarded "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson". It stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni, Ricky Martin as Gianni's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico, and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is expected to bow in in 2018.

Based on the book "Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History" by Maureen Orth, the third season of the FX anthology series will center on the assassination of Gianni Versace in Miami in July 1997. The setting appears to be a replica of Villa Casa Casuarina, the Miami Beach mansion where Gianni had lived until his death.

The American Crime Story team is also now in pre-production on another installment, Katrina, which will follow the titular hurricane and its aftermath in New Orleans.

It also won nine Emmy Awards, including for best limited series and acting statuettes for Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown.

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