Andrew Cunanan’s path of destruction culminating in the murder of the famed fashion designef is highlighted in the first trailer for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: AMERICAN CRIME STORY.
Ryan Murphy’s follow-up to The People v OJ Simpson tracks the obsession serial killer Cunanan (Darren Criss) had with Versace (Edgar Ramirez) before gunning him down in front of his home in Miami in 1997.
The cast also includes Penelope Cruz as Versace’s sister, Donatella Versace and Ricky Martin as Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico.
Murphy recently told reporters that the show would go beyond the crime and tackle the political issues of the day, including homophobia in the Flordia police force and the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy of discrimination in the US military.
“More than why he was killed, it’s more about why it was allowed to happen,” Murphy said in July at the TCA summer press tour. “We’re not just doing a crime, we’re talking about a crime within a social idea. This was always interesting to us. Because the idea was that Versace, who was the last victim, really did not have to die. One of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off the victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time. Homophobia particularly within police departments that refused, in Miami, to put up Wanted posters, even though they knew that Andrew Cunanan was responsible for many of these killings and was probably headed that way.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres on January 17 on FX. Watch the first trailer below.