Rumor Has it That Lady Gaga, Singer of “Donatella,” Will Play Donatella on ‘American Crime Story’


“What do you want to wear this spring/What do you think is the next big thing/What do you want to wear this seeeeeason?/Don-a-tell-a!” Lady Gaga not-so-famously chants on the Artpop track that…most people don’t seem to know, but that everyone should know, for it is simply that spectacularly goodbad:

Indeed, Gaga (who just released her notably de-glamorized album, Joanne) is a Donatella Versace enthusiast (after the two worked together on a tour wardrobe for the pop star), and from the sound of it, she may be able to take that enthusiasm to the next level. According to US Weekly (so, do take this with a grain of salt), a “source” has confirmed that Lady Gaga will be playing her in an upcoming season of the FX drama, American Crime Story (the last iteration of which, it should be mentioned, proved to be far more socially nuanced than many people were expecting.)

The third season will (and this part isn’t just a rumor) focus on the murder of Gianni Versace, so this potential casting choice wouldn’t seem too far off, given Gaga and American Crime Story producer Ryan Murphy’s seeming mutual adoration. Plus, Murphy himself had already dropped a subtle hint that she might play Donatella, when he replied, “ya think?” with a knowing smile after a reporter suggested, at Entertainment Weekly ‘s PopFest last weekend, that Gaga would be a good fit for the role.

Murphy said of the subject matter of the third season (one season after the next, which will be a Hurricane Katrina story):

I was always very moved and freaked out by the Versace assassination, and I thought it was a really great story to do because it’s a manhunt season. [Serial killer Andrew Cunanan] killed four people and then Versace, and was on the loose. We’re exploring the reasons of how he got away with being undetected. The tragedy of the Versace murder is that…he should have been caught by then, but he wasn’t caught because he was targeting gay people and people didn’t care. That’s why Gianni Versace was killed for the most part. So it’s a tragic story and I’ve always said the thing that makes me cry the most in the world is lost potential or lost possibility, and I think he was such an amazing force, taken too soon, for reasons he shouldn’t have been.

Watch Murphy seem to hint at the casting choice: