Raquel Welch has signed on to play Lucia Versace, an aunt of fashion mogul Donatella Versace, in the Lifetime TV movie "House of Versace," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will premiere on Oct. 5, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT, followed by the documentary "Versace: Beyond the Headlines" at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT
"House of Versace" also stars Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, Enrico Colantoni as Gianni Versace and Colm Feore as their brother, Santo.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: "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. With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia and brother Santo, 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."
In 1997, Gianni Versace was murdered at the front of his Miami mansion. Serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who was the prime suspect in the crime, committed suicide while he was a fugitive from the law.
Welch has worked sporadically as an actress in the past 10 years. Her previous on-screen role as an actress was a guest appearance on "CSI: Miami" in 2012. Before that, she co-starred in the short-lived 1998 TV series "Welcome to the Captain" and was in the 2006 movie "Forget About It."