FX continues its run of teasers ahead of January’s premiere of Ryan Murphy‘s The Assassination of Gianni Versace. With a premiere directed by Murphy and written by Tom Rob Smith, the second season of American Crime Story has started showcasing the individuals involved in the case. This one highlights Ricky Martin’s role as Versace’s long-time lover Antonio D’Amico.
D’Amico was present at the time Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) approached the home he shared with Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez), Casa Casuarina, shooting the famed designer on their front steps.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace examines the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Ramirez) and the manhunt for serial murderer Andrew Cunanan (Criss), who killed Versace on the front steps of his Miami Beach home. The media firestorm surrounding the murder would create a climate of fear, anger, and mistrust throughout the Miami, Florida, area for the next eight days. Cunanan eventually committed suicide and his body was discovered on a house boat eight days later.
The series also stars Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace and singer Martin as Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico. Murphy regular Matt Bomer (Glee, American Horror Story) has been tapped to make his directorial debut on one of the episodes this season.
For Murphy, it was a societal fear of homosexuality and a general societal discomfort with discussing sexuality openly that allowed the murderer to avoid capture for so long; and a point he wants to get across through this season:
“The more I had read about it the more I was startled by the fact that [Versace killer Andrew Cunanan] really was only allowed to get away with it because of homophobia. There was this great apathy about it and nobody cared and I think part of that was because it seemed like gay people were disposable in our culture.”
Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Murphy and Smith will executive produce the season with studio production responsibilities falling to Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is set to premiere on FX on January 17th, 2018.