Penélope Cruz is to play Donatella Versace in the third instalment of American Crime Story, which goes into production next month.

Versace: American Crime Story will tell the story of the murder of the legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace (to be played by Edgar Ramírez), who was gunned down in 1997 outside his Miami house.

The Spanish actress – who last year starred in the fashion spoof Zoolander 2 – will play his sister Donatella in what will be her first major US TV role.

Ryan Murphy’s latest standalone limited series will air in 2018; it will be preceded at the beginning of next year by Katrina: American Crime Story, which will examine the aftermath of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005.