The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the latest installment of FX’s American Crime Story, is only a few weeks away, and in a new behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast and producers of the series talk about the search for Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), and how it became the “largest failed FBI manhunt in history.”
“People were scared. The fact that this man was killing gay men, still some people don’t understand why it happened,” says Ricky Martin, who plays Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico.
Judging from the new video it looks like The Assassination of Gianni Versace will not only explore Versace’s world, but also focus on Andrew Cunanan and the Miami gay scene.
“Andrew’s journey is a journey through the politics of homosexuality as they play across America in the ’90s,” executive producer Brad Simpson says in the behind-the-scenes video.
In addition to Criss and Martin, the limited series stars Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and Penelope Cruz as his sister, Donatella Versace.
The season is based on Maureen Orth’s account of the murder in Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. Murphy admits the designer’s family may not love everything they see.
“I think that the Versaces will like some of what we do, and I think that some of it they will be uncomfortable about. And I understand that. But we’re going off a book, and other reporting that we’ve done. I think [the show] is moving. I think it’s powerful.”
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace premieres January 17 on FX. Will you be watching?