We have been waiting with bated breath for more deets about The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and we finally got ’em. The official trailer for the show—it premieres on January 17!—is here and it looks so, so good.
Per the official cast photo released by FX in Entertainment Weekly, the drama is cast to perfection.
The series will feature Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Ricky Martin as Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico, and Darren Criss as his killer, Andrew Cunanan.
— Tim Stack (@EWTimStack) June 21, 2017
Finn Wittrock, who has appeared in three seasons of American Horror Story, will play Jeff Trail, a friend of Andrew Cunanan but also the serial killer’s first victim.
American Horror Story star Finn Wittrock joining The Assassination of Gianni Versace https://t.co/6BuM1AlQdg
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 21, 2017
With the 20th anniversary approaching, Gianni Versace’s murder is seeing renewed interest (including an upcoming biopic starring Antonio Banderas) and will be the focus of American Crime Story’s third season. It certainly has the juiciness exec producer Ryan Murphy lives for: late-’90s South Beach decadence, the gaudy lure of “true crime”, salacious storylines (sugar daddies, prostitutes, infidelity, scandal) and, like the Emmy-winning S1 The People vs O.J. Simpson story, a bizarre manhunt. Here’s everything we know so far:
Adapted, Not Invented: American Crime’s Versace season will be based on the intricately researched Maureen Orth book, Vulgar Favors. Even before Versace’s murder, Orth, an award-winning Vanity Fair journalist, was on the trail of a serial killer (revealed to be Andrew Cunanan) who was making his way across America, murdering men in Minnesota, Minneapolis, Chicago and New Jersey. The New York Times review called the book, “a cautionary tale about unchecked materialism and hedonism and an exposé of the seamiest underside of gay life, the possibly fatal bunglings of law enforcement and the voracious appetites of scandal-chasing journalists.” If anyone can nail decadence with a side of sex and a sinister tone, it’s Murphy and co. (See: American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Nip/Tuck.)
Casting Call: Ryan Murphy certainly has a stable of favourites and while we thought muse Sarah Paulson or Lady Gaga would make a perfect Donatella, we are here for the unexpected casting of Penelope Cruz in the role. And what about the lead?
House of Versace: The Versace family is already disavowing any connection to the mini-series, telling WWD the company has “neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming series about Versace. The series should only be seen as a work of fiction.” This is where allegiances could get tricky–Gaga and Paulson both wear Versace, as does most of Hollywood. Will those relationships affect casting options? Will the American Crime actors become “persona non grata” to the Versace family forever?
Not So Fast: Season 2 of American Crime will focus on Hurricane Katrina and the devastating aftermath and even though, according to Deadline Hollywood, the Versace season will overlap in production, it likely won’t make it to air until 2018. So why the rush to filming? Apparently the first script, written by Tom Rob Smith, was so good that FX couldn’t wait to put it into production. Such a tease. A re-read, or first-time spin, of Vulgar Favors will have to tide us over till then.