- By Rebekah Rejniak
- Photo Courtesy of FX Network
For FX’s second iteration of American Crime Story, the series turns to the event that shocked the world on July 15, 1997: the assassination of renowned fashion designer, Gianni Versace. The second season tracks the tumultuous three months of murderer, Andrew Cunanan’s, life leading up to the killing that took place literally on the front steps of Gianni’s mansion, Casa Casuarina, in South Beach, Miami.
Gianni Versace was one of the most progressive fashion designers in the world, and the founder of the Versace brand, which his sister Donatella and brother Santo took over after his untimely death. His influences were his mother, Francesca, a dressmaker, as well as Greek history, which defined the Calabrian-environment of his childhood. His designs were worn by supermodels, Hollywood elite, and by his most cherished client, Princess Diana.
The cast includes Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez (Gold, Point Break) as Gianni Versace, Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Vanilla Sky) as Donatella Versace, Ricky Martin (Glee) as Antonio D’Amico, and Darren Criss (Glee) as Andrew Cunanan. The show also stars Finn Wittrock, Dascha Polanco, Judith Light, Max Greenfield, Cody Fern, Mike Farrell, Nico Evers-Swindell, Jon Jon Briones, and Annaleigh Ashford. The series is directed by Ryan Murphy, and was written by Maureen Orth (details) and Tom Rob Smith (Child 44, London Spy),
“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is slated to premiere January 17th on FX.