American Crime Story is finally returning, and after tackling the O.J. Simpson trial in its debut season, is telling another provocative true crime story in The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Versace was not originally meant to be the second season of this series, but rather the third – the second originally being a story focused on the government response to Hurricane Katrina. But the two premises switched places, with the slightly more obscure Versace case being bumped up. Ryan Murphy acts as an executive producer on the series, having the same role in other anthology shows including American Horror Story and Feud, with each season of these shows having their own separate story, Murphy technically has a lot of TV shows under his belt.
Related: American Crime Story Promo Teases Versace’s Assassination
The first full trailer for The Assassination of Gianni Versace [above] aired during the American Horror Story: Cult finale, and in a quick minute, lays out the major players of this brutal and fascinating tale. While season 1, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, was a more straightforward crime and court drama, Versace looks to be playing with time a bit more in comparison.
While the trailer begins after the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) has occurred, the audience is also fed the events that led to the crime. Darren Criss takes center stage as Andrew Cunanan, a socialite who wiggles his way into Versace’s social circle, but the trailer reveals Cunanan to be a brutal serial killer. Penélope Cruz lends her acting talent and star power to portray Donatella Versace, sister of the deceased. “I will not allow that man, that nobody, to kill my brother twice,” she declares.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson had the luxury of depicting a case that is widely known by the American public, and while a murder such as the Versace case was sure to attract a media frenzy, the events aren’t as well-known or regarded as a similar popular culture moment. As such, American Crime Story has the room to tell a compelling story brand new to younger and general audiences. Unlike the first season, the killer in this case is made clear from the beginning, and it looks as though the show will explore his motivations. While season 1 had racial injustice, turmoil over race relations and the concept of celebrity, this trailer indicates that the lavish fashion world and the gay community in 1990s Miami will play significant roles. The People vs. O.J. Simpson enjoyed critical acclaim and numerous acting awards, so FX is likely crossing their fingers that lightning will strike twice for this new American Crime Story.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace will hit the FX airwaves on January 17, 2018.
Source: Edgar Ramirez