Holy crap, Gina Gershon playing Donatella Versace in a Lifetime movie is genius casting. And she looks amazing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV movie — House of Versace — is based on the book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival by Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball.
[The story] centers on Donatella (Gershon), who after her brother's slaying is thrust into the spotlight as head designer of his fashion empire. At first ridiculed by critics worldwide, Donatella falls victim to drug addiction and nearly bankrupts the company. With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Raquel Welch) and brother Santo (Colm Feore), she enters rehab to confront her demons and soon comes back stronger than ever to reignite the beloved Versace brand with her own vision and build one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.
OMG Raquel Welch OMG. Also, Enrico Colantoni, aka Keith Mars, is playing Gianni Versace.
Lifetime is on a roll: There was the Anna Nicole biopic, the Jodi Arias movie, the June Carter Cash biopic starring Jewel and Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan. Plus, the channel has a Cleopatra series in the works. It's almost like it's a network for women or something!
One thing worries me: Is the budget big enough to truly capture the fabulousness and excess of the Versace lifestyle? Wait, another thing worries me: Can anyone, even the fantastic Gina Gershon, do Donatella better than Maya Rudolph?
We'll have to tune in to find out. House of Versace airs October 5th at 8pm.