After a few teases, we're finally getting a peak of a character in action on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
In the new teaser trailer for the Ryan Murphy anthology series, audience get their first real look at Penelope Cruz's portrayal of the fashion house's fabulous matriarch, Donatella Versace. In the trailer, a platinum-haired Cruz is dressed to the nines as she kneels in front of the Versace family's infamous Miami mansion, now known asCasa Casuarina, and kisses its steps before making her way into the home. With an abundance of floral arrangements surrounding her, it's obvious she's mourning her brother Gianni following his assassination, but exactly how long after his death is up to the viewer.
As previously reported, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will air on FX early next year, and the series will chronicle the tragic death of Versace, who was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan outside his mansion in July 1997. But despite Murphy, a respected (albeit a bit kooky) Hollywood figure involved, the Versace family still had their trepidations — especially since they're extremely protective over Gianni's legacy. In fact, Donatella had candid discussions with both Murphy and Cruz about how her family would be depicted.
"I think we’ve been very respectful to his family, particularly," Murphy recently explained. "Donatella had some requests about how the children were depicted in the show. I listened to that. As a father, I understood. I wasn’t interested in going there, out of respect for her.” As for Cruz, she and Donatella shared a similarly open conversation. "I did have one conversation that was between she and I," Cruz told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. "I don't want to say the details, but it was a long conversation ... That was very important to me. I think she knows that the way I'm playing her, that I truly love her and respect her."
FX will hopefully share the finalized premiere date for the series soon.
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