Versace is a name that will live in prominence for eternity, but how many people know all the in’s and out’s of his untimely death?
American Crime Story is gearing up for Season 2, ready to delve into the life and times of the Italian fashion powerhouse Gianni Versace. He was killed in 1997 on the steps of his Miami mansion.
Gianni Versace will be portrayed by Édgar Ramírez, and will be joined by Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace. Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s long-term partner is portrayed by Ricky Martin.
In a similar fashion to the exploration of race in Season 1 The People v. O.J. Simpson, Season 2 will explore the treatment of the LGBTQ community during a period when homophobia was rampant and how this homophobia aided in Versace’s death.
Although there has been denial from some of the Versace family, the suspected diagnosis of Versace as HIV positive will be a staple of the upcoming season.
Outside of learning about Gianni Versace and the people closest to him, the life of his killer, Andrew Cunanan, portrayed by Darren Criss, will be unveiled. The world knows him as a serial killer, but Murphy and the cast also explored who Cunanan was leading up to his heinous acts.
Versace has long been an idol of executive producer, Ryan Murphy. Versace was one of few people openly gay at the time. “The world that we live in is a world aesthetically that Gianni Versace created. He combined sexiness and glamour and opulence … there wasn’t really a lot of people who were brave enough to live their life in the open,” Murphy said.
Join the cast in the cross-country glitz, glamour, and tragic ending to one of the world’s most iconic figures in January 2018 on FX.