American Crime Story: Versace Teases Penelope Cruz's Donatella

FX's promotional roll-out for Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace continues ahead of its January 2018 premiere with two additional teasers: "Reflection" and "Stitch." In "Reflection," we get our first glimpse of the the family dynamic between Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) and his sister Donatella Versace (Penelope Cruz); while with "Stitch," we get another healthy does of Murphy symbolism.

You can see both teasers for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace here:

With a premiere directed by Murphy and written by Tom Rob SmithAmerican Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace examines the murder of fashion designer Versace (Ramirez) and the manhunt for serial murderer Andrew Cunanan (Darren 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 Cruz as Donatella and singer Ricky 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 episode this season.

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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 JacobsonBrad SimpsonBrad 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.

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