Ryan Murphy of “American Horror Story” fame has begun casting for “Versace: American Crime Story.” Variety reports that Edgar Ramirez will play the lead character, Gianni Versace, whilst Darren Criss will play the role of his killer, Andrew Phillip Cunanan.
This will be the first time Edgar Ramirez enters the fold of American television, most recently appearing in “Gold“, alongside Matthew McConaughey. He’s no stranger to the small screen though, leading the Olivier Assayas‘ miniseries “Carlos.” Criss, however, has appeared in numerous Murphy projects before, including “American Horror Story.” Both actors seem to fit the bill of the respective characters nicely, with Ramirez’ strong jawline mirroring Versace to a fault.
The first season of American Crime Story focused on the O.J. Simpson trial and won numerous awards including an Emmy and a Golden Globe for best miniseries. The new season of American Crime will start filming next month, with a release date eyed for some time next year, and it will focus on the events around Hurricane Katrina. Season three will follow Andrew Phillip Cunanan, an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, during a three-month period in 1997. The reason Cunanan gunned down Versace (aged 50) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion still remains a mystery. [Variety]