The Versace family may have issues with the upcoming crime TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace but the first images, shot by US magazine Entertainment Weekly show that the casting at least has been on point. Edgar Ramirez plays Gianni Versace, while Penelope Cruz dons a blonde wig and plenty of pink to take up the role of his sister, Donatella Versace. Other cast members include Ricky Martin as Gianni's partner Antonio D'Amico and Darren Criss as his killer, Andrew Cunanan.
The Entertainment Weekly cover revealing the cast in costume
Launching next year, the series will follow the murder of iconic designer Gianni, who was at the time at the helm of the Versace fashion empire, by obsessed sociopath Andrew Cunanan who shot him down in front of his home in 1997.
Speaking about the tone of the story, showrunner Ryan Murphy explained how this series would not be similar to the previous American Crime Story series, The People V O.J. Simpson, which was a huge success; "This is so dramatically different, and it’s about fashion and celebrity. Everything feels like you’re jumping off a diving board for the first time because there’s no template."
2018 can't come soon enough.