All About Italy (USA) - - Photo Reportage - the Train Sascha Mallinck­rodt

The shock­ing 1997 mur­der of leg­endary fash­ion de­signer Gianni Ver­sace by se­rial killer An­drew Cu­nanan will be ex­am­ined in the new se­ries of Ryan Mur­phy’s Amer­i­can Crime Story, which is due to be aired in 2018. Ryan Mur­phy said: “I was al­ways very moved and freaked out by the Ver­sace as­sas­si­na­tion, and I thought it was a re­ally great story to do”. And to do so he se­lected a strik­ing cast – the uncanny re­sem­blance be­tween the ac­tors and their real-life coun­ter­parts is go­ing to give an ex­tremely re­al­is­tic feel to the show.

Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Ver­sace. The Gold and The Girl on star will play the leg­endary fash­ion de­signer, who was mur­dered at the age of 50 out­side of his Mi­ami home.

Dar­ren Criss as An­drew Cu­nanan. The Glee celebrity will take on the role of so­ciopath An­drew Cu­nanan, the se­rial killer that ended his killing spree af­ter Ver­sace’s mur­der and be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide few days later at the age of 27.

Pene­lope Cruz as Donatella Ver­sace. Os­car win­ner Pene­lope Cruz will be the iconic sis­ter of Gianni, who be­came the head of de­sign af­ter her brother’s mur­der.

Max Green­field as Santo Ver­sace. The New Girl star, who also ap­peared in Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel, will play Ver­sace’s older brother, Santo, who be­came pres­i­dent and co-chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Gianni Ver­sace SPA af­ter Gianni’s death.

Ricky Martin as An­to­nio D’am­ico. The Grammy win­ner, who pre­vi­ously worked with Mur­phy as a guest star on Glee, will play Ver­sace’s long­time part­ner, who he met in 1982 and be­came a de­signer for the Ver­sace sport line.

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