Thirty years after starting his stint as both a telenovela and soap opera stud, Ricky Martin is heading back to series television. Deadline reports that the singer/actor will have a role in Versace: American Crime Story playing Antonio D’Amico, fashion designer Gianni Versace's partner of 15 years.
Martin is perhaps best known for his career as a pop singer, though his résumé is peppered with acting roles that have definitely prepared him for this part. Notably, he guest starred on an episode of Glee several years ago—both Glee and American Crime Story are Ryan Murphy vehicles. Martin also has two Broadway roles under his belt; he starred as Marius in Les Misérables and Ché in Evita. He also has Spanish-language soap Por Siempre Amigos and English-language soap General Hospital as early resumé entries as well.
The 10-episode show will focus on events surrounding Versace's tragic death, specifically based on Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors. The fashion designer was shot and killed outside his home in Miami Beach in July 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
As previously announced, Darren Criss will play Cunanan, Édgar Ramírez will play Versace, and Penélope Cruz will play the designer's sister Donatella Versace. (Cruz is also a longtime fan of the fashion brand.) According to Deadline, production on the show will begin sometime in April, with filming in Los Angeles and Miami, though it won't air until 2018.
Versace is the third chapter of the American Crime Story true crime anthology, following in the footsteps of The People v. O.J. Simpson and Katrina, the latter of which is also set to premiere in 2018 before Versace hits the airwaves. American Crime Story, like the also-FX-based American Horror Story, is executive produced by Murphy, who is slated to direct Versace's first episode, as he is won't to do for his myriad acclaimed seres.
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