Gina Gershon, made famous from her roles in ‘Bound’ and ‘Showgirls’, will join Hollywood Legend Raquel Welch in a new made-for-TV movie covering the life of the Versace family. Gina will take on the persona of Donatella Versace, Lifetime will air the film as “House of Versace.” The network made a few of the official announcements last Thursday to the press.
Fans of “Veronica Mars” should know Enrico Colantoni, he will play Donatella’s brother, the murdered fashion icon Gianni Versace. Playing Aunt Lucia will be Raquel Welch. The entire movie is based on the popular book ‘House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival’ (info below) written by star Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball. The film will highlight the internal drama that led to the 1997 murder of the fashion-star.
In a press-release sent out earlier Lifetime states, “At first ridiculed by critics worldwide, Donatella falls victim to drug addiction and nearly bankrupts the company.” The release continues, “With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Welch) and brother Santo (Colm Feore), she enters rehab to confront her demons and soon comes back stronger than ever to re-ignite the beloved Versace brand with her own vision and builds one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.”
Interested viewers can catch “House of Versace” when it premieres October 5th at 8 p.m.
more info on original book: amazon/HouseofVersace