Darren Criss and 'American Crime Story: Versace' Producers Tease Season 2

Darren Criss and 'American Crime Story: Versace' Producers Tease Season 2

The series starts with the assassination of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) at the hands of Andrew Cuanan (Darren Criss).

An aura of decadent fabulousness lingers over The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The first episode of the series highlights some of the weird details surrounding the murder, including the fact that a dead turtle dove that was bizarrely found beside Versace's blood-spattered body.

Glee veteran Darren Criss plays the killer, while actor Edgar Ramirez is almost unrecognizable as his final victim; Penelope Cruz plays Gianni's equally famous sister Donatella Versace.

The designer and his family had spent years keeping this a secret from the public out of fear it might hurt the fashion brand Orth reported, and in the wake of his tragic murder were faced with the fact that Versace's medical status might be made public. Versace's family says the two men never met, but the book on which the show is based states that they did. Everything Cunanan says-and by extension, everything we see from his perspective-is suspect, because this is a person with no fixed sense of self, who has learned to navigate the world by "telling people what they want to hear". Versace's former South Beach mansion is now the Villa Casa Casuarina, a boutique hotel that looks nearly exactly as it did when Versace lived there.

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story also stars Chuck Ashworth, Joseph Barrios, Emil Beheshti, Adam Dormi, and Ralph Cole Jr. The most delicious aspect of the series, however, is its element of surprise.

During the first episode, investigators also question Versace's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico (Ricky Martin), who discusses the couple's dalliances with other men (much to the confusion of the investigator, who seems to mistake D'Amico for a pimp). The Versace family said they have not authorized or participated in the production of what should be considered a fiction. But during a subsequent chat with a fellow gay, Cunanan had no problem referring to his and Versace's opera meet-up as a date.

The news that he was HIV-positive at that time would have greatly impacted the placement value of Versace stock, which estimates put as high as $1.4 billion. From the music to the cinematography to the meticulously detailed set (which recreates the interior of Versace's Miami Beach home), it's a ravishing, enthralling sequence laced with so much dread, because you know exactly what Versace is walking towards when he strolls back to his house from the cafe. Versace has a horrifying second to realize he's about to die. "But he definitely said that line, 'If you are Versace, I'm Coco Chanel.' Three or four people told me that". The spree ended on 23 July, when Cunanan took his own life on a houseboat, utilising the same gun that had killed Versace.

Gianni Versace was a courageous and honest man, who engaged in humanitarian work for the benefit of others.

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