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See the glitz, glam and gore of South Beach — new trailer for Versace flick has it all

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Pictured: Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Pictured: Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace. Jeff Daly

It’s out. The official trailer for the much anticipated “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

Much of the 1-minute, 32-second clip belongs to Darren Criss. The “Glee” star plays Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer who gunned down designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his South Beach mansion in the early morning of July 15, 1997. He was 50.

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Police investigate the bloody steps and gate in front of Gianni Versace's mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997, the date the Italian fashion designer was gunned down and killed. Chuck Fadely Miami Herald file photo

The 10-episode “Versace” leads up to that tragic day, and how Cunanan, 27, targeted the rich and famous, including Versace, in his quest for fame. The hustler and wannabe celebrity killed four men before gunning down the Italian fashion guru. He shot himself to death on a Miami Beach houseboat on July 23 while being pursued by police.

Just as you’d expect from a Ryan Murphy production — “American Horror Story,’’ “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — it’s got the drama you crave.

The trailer opens with Criss tearing down a SoBe street, which appears to be Ocean Drive, and Ricky Martin (who plays Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico) screaming, “Stop!!!”

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In this file photo dated March 16, 1993, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace looks out from a second-story window overlooking his patio, during the renovation works of his mansion on Ocean Drive in South Beach. Marice Cohn Band Miami Herald File Photo

It also gives you insight into who the assassin was, and what his motives were.

“This world is wasted on me,” Cunanan complains in the trailer. “And yet this world also made you, Mr. Versace, into a star. You’re not better than me; we’re the same. The only difference is that you got lucky.”

Penélope Cruz, talking in a thick Italian accent, plays Gianni’s grieving sister Donatella.

The murder of the Italian fashion icon Gianni Versace outside his Miami Beach mansion in 1997 triggered a nine-day manhunt that riveted South Florida and the world.

“He was a creator; he was a genius,” she says in character amid tears. “I will not allow that man, that nobody, to kill my brother twice.”

The movie, based on the book, “Vulgar Favors,” by Vanity Fair correspondent Maureen Orth, premieres at 10 p.m. Jan. 17 on FX.

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