Raquel Welch is coming back to the small screen, but not for a TV show — the 70s legend will be starring alongside Gina Gershon in the Lifetime biopic House Of Versace.
In the October TV movie, Raquel Welch will be playing Aunt Lucia alongside Gershon — who has the interesting casting circumstance of bringing the inimitable Donatella Versace to TV.
Welch’s portrayal of Aunt Lucia is likely to be less tricky than Gershon’s of Donatella. In our recall, we’ve only seen the Versace scion depicted comedically due to her signature long locks and tan and slow Italian drawl.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film documents the time after the murder of Gianni Versace, the designer who made the Versace name a global fashion lovemark.
The mag explains the plot and premise of House Of Versace, as well as Gina Gershon and Raquel Welch’s respective roles:
“The original movie is based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival and centers on Donatella, 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.”
The synapsis continues:
“With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Welch) and brother Santo (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 builds one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.”
You can catch Raquel Welch (now 72) in her return to the small screen on October 5, when House Of Versace debuts as a Lifetime Original Movie.