Darren Criss ready for his killer role in Versace true crime story

Darren Criss
Darren Criss


It’s happening. Another take on the Versace murder. The FX cameras have begun rolling for Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment in the FX limited series from former Miami Herald writer turned television king Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story.”)

The casting is pretty spot-on. The limited series special, premiering sometime next year, stars Edgar Ramirez, who bears a striking resemblance to the doomed designer. Ricky Martin plays his partner, model Antonio D’Amico; Penelope Cruz is Gianni’s sister Donatella (can’t wait to see that incarnation); and “Glee” alum Darren Criss is Gianni’s killer Andrew Cunanan. reports that the 10-episode “Versace” will look back on the time leading up to the day the famed Italian fashion empresario was gunned down on the steps of his own home by hustler Cunanan, almost 20 years ago, July 15, 1997. After an intense manhunt, Cunanan commit suicide eight days later on a houseboat a few miles from the Versace mansion, the site of the crime.


It begins.

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TMZ reports that the cast and crew are shooting at the actual mansion at 1116 Ocean Drive, now a hotel, Villa Casa Casuarina, which is closed through May 20, according to the reservations department.

The hotel’s restaurant, Gianni’s, is closed from May 5-12, according to the front desk, then will be shut down again from May 15-19.