Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace and Penelope Cruz. (AP)
Donatella Versace and Penelope Cruz. (AP)

New York — Penelope Cruz is headed to television to play fashion designer Donatella Versace in the third installment of American Crime Story on FX.

The Academy Award-winning actress will star in the 10-episode series focused on the 1997 slaying of Versace's brother, Gianni. Donatella Versace took over the famed fashion house after her brother was killed.

Co-executive produced by Ryan Murphy, the Versace story is expected to air in early 2018.

Cruz won a supporting actress Oscar in 2009 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen. She has appeared in numerous other films including the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Johnny Depp.