The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the latest anthology series from the twisted (but fun!) mind of Ryan Murphy, just released its first teaser in anticipation of an early 2018 release. We don’t get much to look at with the short tease, but what we do get is some powerful imagery that Murphy is so revered for: A tranquil, panned-out frame of Versace’s Miami mansion, now known as Casa Casuarina, is soon interrupted by two gunshots and a pack of doves flying for cover.
Unsurprisingly, Murphy recruited the crème de la crème of talent to portray the Versace family and their associates. Édgar Ramírez will take the reigns as Gianni Versace, Darren Criss will be portraying Andrew Cunanan, Penelope Cruz will embody Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin will be playing Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s longtime boyfriend.
While little else is known about what to expect when The Assassination of Gianni Versace makes it way to the small screen, EW was able to get some exclusive details about the series earlier this summer—mostly that shooting Versace proved to be emotionally taxing for everyone involved. “It was very moving, sometimes disturbing,” Cruz said. “We all felt a very powerful energy. It just made me have more passion to tell this story.”
Murphy, meanwhile, said he was attracted to the narrative due to the questions it provoked about sexuality and homophobia in the 1990s. “The more I had read about it, the more I was startled by the fact that Cunanan really was only allowed to get away with it because of homophobia,” he explained. “There was this great apathy about it, and I think part of that was because it seemed like gay people were disposable in our culture.”
Every Time Penelope Cruz Has Worn Versace On the Red Carpet
February 2007: Celebrating Versace at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards, Cruz wore a black and navy gown with lace-up detailing.
February 2007: Attending the 2007 Academy Awards, Cruz had a princess moment in a strapless, blush-tone gown.
March 2007: For the 57th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, Cruz opted for an skin-tight olive green gown.
February 2009: After winning an Academy Award for Vicky Christina Barcelona, Cruz hit the Vanity Fair after-party in a one-shouldered cream gown.
February 2010: For the 2010 Goya Awards, Cruz dressed in a sculptural white column gown.
September 2012: Cruz opted for a soft pink hue and thigh-high slit at the Toronto Film Festival.
September 2012: The actress draped herself in crimson at the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
November 2012: With actor Sergio Castellitto, Penelope Cruz attended a photocall in Italy for Venuto al Mondo.
November 2012: At the Venuto al Mondo premiere, Cruz stepped out in a vibrant, turquoise gown.
February 2016: The actress attended the Madrid premiere of Zoolander No. 2 in metallic and white draped dress.
February 2016: Liquid gold came to mind as Cruz stepped out for another premiere of Zoolander 2 in slinky metallics.
February 2016: Channeling Audrey Hepburn, Cruz matched a strapless black ballgown with demure bangs.
November 2016: The actress loves a good one-shouldered gown, and her outing at the La Reina de Espana was just another one of her memorable looks.
February 2017: Cruz attends the 2017 Goya Awards in a asymmetrical black dress with matching pumps and a pair of gold earrings.
Ferbuary 2017: Another golden goddess moment for Cruz, this time at the 2017 BAFTAs.
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