Preview: FX Airs Its Second Installment American Crime Story Series: The Assassinaton of GIANNI VERSACE

American True Crime Story: The Assassination of Versace


In July 1997, America and especially the fashion world, was rocked by the senseless murder of Italian style-lian: Gianni Versace-at the hands of serial killer and fanatic named Andrew Cunanan.



Versace was found dead on the front of the steps of his Miami Beach mansion.

Still in the Miami area, Cunanan killed himself days later while docked on a boat.

Directed by Ryan Murphy, tonight at 10 p.m. EST FX Networks is set to premier its second “American Crime Story” series.

A dead ringer for the designer, Versace will be played by Edgar Ramirez, Cunanan will be played by former Glee star: Darren Criss.

Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan Photo: Ray Mickshaw/FX


Max Greenfield co-stars as Santo Versace-the designer’s brother.

Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico, will be played by Ricky Martin while Penelope Cruz will play fashion designer Donatella Versace-Gianni Versace’s beloved sister.

Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace (front) and Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico Pari Dukovic Photo: FX

Despite being a seasoned (movie) actress and ironically, an uncanny accent like that of Donatella’s, Cruz stated said in an interview in October (2017) how surprised she was when Murphy approached her to play the role.

“I had a few questions about how he was going to handle her portrayal, but he’s so classy, and he’s very respectful to people,” she said.

“This is a delicate story, because I’m playing someone who is alive, someone who lost her brother in a horrible way. And someone who still misses him very much 20 years later,” she explained. “I was not used to the rhythm of doing television.”

“My brother was the king, and my whole world had crashed around me,” stated Donatella in an interview.

Designers Gianni and Donatella Versace in the 1970s.

The series will  air Wednesdays at 10p on the FX channel.

Ricky Martin said the series left him in tears.


“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is FX’s second American Crime story series. Its first was in 2016-the story of the Nicole Brown Simpson, Ron Goldman murders (allegedly) at the hands of O.J. Simpson who was acquitted. The intense trial was went down in history and branded: “The Trial of the Century.”

FX’s series was called “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”

Reportedly, up next to bat is the story of Hurricane Katrina which, depending on who you ask, was indeed a crime nonetheless.

Author: Angela Sherice