PENELOPE Cruz has transformed into Donatella Versace for a new role in the legendary fashion story.

Forever striking, the 43-year-old Spanish actress oozed sophistication for her upcoming series American Crime Story.

The third instalment of the hit FX show tells the story of Gianni Versace, who was gunned down on the steps of his mansion in 1997 by a serial killer and will debut next month.

Cruz said: “I didn’t want to do an imitation of Donatella, or a caricature’ adding, “I wanted to try to capture the essence of who she is.”