7 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Penélope Cruz is coming to a TV set near you.
The Academy Award–winning actor has been cast to play Donatella Versace, the sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, in FX’s “Versace: American Crime Story.” (FX)

Thandie Newton says there aren’t any good roles for actors of color in the U.K.
“I love being [in the U.K.], but I can’t work, because I can’t do ‘Downton Abbey,’ can’t be in ‘Victoria,’ can’t be in ‘Call the Midwife,’ ” the actor said in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine. “Well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.” (The Times)

“Power Rangers” is the first mainstream superhero movie to feature an LGBTQI lead.
In the second half of the film, one of the characters assumes Trini, the Yellow Ranger, is having “boyfriend problems” that are in fact “girlfriend problems.” It’s a small scene, but according to director Dean Israelite, it’s a way for the movie to say, “ ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Postmodern dance pioneer Trisha Brown has passed away.
The choreographer, who was known for combining the “cerebral and sensuous sides of dance,” helped influence generations of modern dance creators through her work. (New York Times)

Patti Lupone has a trick for preserving her voice.
In anticipation of an eight-show week, the star of the new Broadway musical “War Paint” is only going to quiet restaurants and having “minimal conversations.” (Page Six)

Netflix just released the most diverse children’s show ever.
“Julie’s Greenroom” stars Julie Andrews and cast of five diverse puppets who are training to perform an original musical. (Vulture)

Hollywood is coming together to benefit the ACLU.
On March 31, celebrities like Tom Hanks, Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Uzo Aduba, and more will host the “Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” telethon via Facebook Live. (Facebook)