Fashion icon Gianni Versace was gunned down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan on the steps of his Miami villa on July 15, 1997. Ryan Murphy has ow come out with a new installment of American Crime Story called The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The show is based on Maureen Orth’s book, “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History”. It also focuses on killer Andrew Cunanan, with an inside look at his psyche. Get to know more about the show, the characters and the all-star cast taking on one of the most public high-profile murders of the 20th century.
Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace
Edgar Ramirez plays the role of Gianni Versace and the resemblance is uncanny. And when the actor dished on the real man who killed Versace, Cunanan, he told The Associated Press that, “The underlying subject is homophobia and how homophobia killed him. That’s something that comes up over and over when we look into the investigation … Cunanan was on the news every night, on the most-wanted list, and for some reason all the law enforcement authorities couldn’t get him.” Some may recognize Edgar Ramirez from movies including The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Zero Dark Thirty and The Girl on the Train. Playing Carlos the Jackal in the film Carlos, he earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award nominations.
According to the FX show, Gianni Versace’s remains were cremated, and Rolling Stone reports that on July 22nd, 1997, Versace was laid to restwith a memorial service that included friends like Elton John, Sting, Princess Diana, Karl Lagerfeld and Georgio Armani. The Versace family has released statements about The Assassination of Gianni Versace and call it a work of fiction.
Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan
CBS News has reported that serial killer Andrew Cunanan has been described by those who knew him as having resentments against others based on social status and class. Though he came from a modest background, he was a big talker and appeared to tell lies when it suited him, according to Rolling Stone. Cunanan was actually featured on America’s Most Wanted. According to Us Weekly, Cunanan’s other victims, before killing Versace, included ex-Navy lieutenant Jeffrey Trail, his ex-lover David Madson, and 72-year-old Lee Miglin. Eight days after murdering Versace, Cunanan was found on a houseboat, where he killed himself with the same gun he used on Versace.
Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico
Ricky Martin plays the role of Antonio D’Amico, Gianni Versace’s boyfriend, who was with him for years. Like Versace, D’Amico was also a designer and he was a model as well. According to TIME, D’Amico left the spotlight and was torn apart by Versace’s death, though he did speak out in July 2017, calling a scene from The Assassination of Gianni Versace “ridiculous”. The Guardian reported D’Amico saying, “There has been so much written and said about the murder, and thousands of suppositions, but not a trace of reality … I saw Gianni lying on the steps, with blood around him. At that point, everything went dark. I was pulled away, I didn’t see any more.” D’Amico then said that, “The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous. Maybe it’s the director’s poetic license, but that is not how I reacted … I was in a nightmare.”
Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace
According to TIME, Gianni Versace’s younger sister Donatella took over his company after his death and, according to a waiter who works at the Versace mansion today, Donatella later sold the mansion, which is used as a luxury hotel and restaurant. Donatella Versace has been the artistic director at Versace since 1997 and is still a fashion icon today.
Penelope Cruz takes on the role of Donatella Versace. In 2015, Donatella Versace opened up about the loss of her brother when he was murdered, explaining to the New York Times, “My brother was the king, and my whole world had crashed around me … I was going home and crying, but closing the room because I didn’t lose the king of fashion, which he was. In that moment, I lost my brother.”
When it comes to the recurring cast members, there are several familiar faces in the mix. Here is the list of supporting characters and actors involved in the project:
Annaleigh Ashford as Elizabeth Cote
Jon Jon Briones as Modesto Cunanan
Finn Wittrock as Jeff Trail
Will Chase as Det. Scrimshaw
Giovanni Cirfiera as Santo Versace
Judith Light as Marilyn Miglin
Nico Evers-Swindell as Philip Merrill
Mike Farrell as Lee Miglin
Max Greenfield as Ronnie
Jay R. Ferguson as FBI Agent Evans
Cody Fern as David Madson
Christine Horn as FBI Agent Gruber
Dascha Polanco as Det. Lori Wieder
José Zúñiga as Det. Navarro
Tune in to the FX network Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT to watch The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. If you don’t have a cable subscription or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch the show via over-the-top streaming services, which allow you to watch a handful of channels on your computer, phone or other device for a monthly fee.
And with the steady rise of these services, cable-cutters have plenty of different options to choose from: Sling TV is my personal recommendation due to its cheap price point, but services such as DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue also offer different pros and cons.
Here’s a rundown of what these live streaming services provide, and how to sign up to start watching FX:
Cheapest Option: Sling TV
If price is your No. 1 concern with a streaming service, there’s no doubt that Sling TV is the way to go. FX is included in the “Sling Blue” bundle, which come in at just $25 per month.
Another pro for Sling TV is the ability to customize your package. While other services offer more channels in their base bundles, Sling has a variety of different category-specific (sports, news, entertainment, etc.) add-ons for just $5 or $10 extra per month.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of “Sling Blue”:
Total Channels Included: 40-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list right here
Price: $25 per month
Extras: Watch on three devices at once; 50 hours of cloud DVR is $5 per month extra (restrictions with certain channels); can sign in with Sling TV credentials on FX Now app
Free Trial: 7 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
2. Click on “Watch Now 7 Days Free” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. “Sling Blue” will give you access to FX
4. Enter your payment information. The “Sling Blue” package is $25 per month. If you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Download the Sling app on your computer or mobile device and begin watching TV. If you’re interested in watching Sling TV on a mobile or streaming device, you can do so via their app, which is free to download. You can click here for a full list of compatible devices
Most Channels: DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now’s cheapest bundle “Live a Little”, comes in at $35 per month, but if you’re more concerned with a larger channel lineup and are willing to pay a little extra, this is certainly the way to go.
Here’s a complete rundown of DirecTV Now’s “Live a Little” bundle:
Total Channels Included: 60-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list right here
Price: $35 per month
Extras: Watch on two different devices at the same time; No DVR; can sign in with DirecTV Now credentials on FX Now app
Free Trial: 7 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
2. Click on “Start your free trial now” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. All bundles include FX, while “Live a Little” is cheapest
4. Enter your payment information. The “Live a Little” package costs $35 per month. If you cancel your subscription within seven days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Return to the DirecTV Now website to start watching on your desktop. You can also watch via the DirecTV Now, which is available via a handful of different mobile or streaming devices. You can click here for the complete list of compatible devices
Most Streams At Once: PlayStation Vue
If you’re in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco or Miami, the price point for PlayStation Vue isn’t going to be a selling point, as the cheapest bundle for those markets is “Access,” which costs $40 per month. Those in other markets, however, can sign up for “Access Slim,” which is a more reasonable $30 per month.
Ultimately, PlayStation Vue does have some important advantages, as DVR is included and users can watch on five separate devices at once.
Here’s a look at the “Access Slim” bundle:
Total Channels Included: 40-plus, depending on local channels available. You can find the complete channel list here
Price: $29.99 per month ($39.99 for select markets)
Extras: Watch on five different devices at once; cloud DVR (restrictions with certain channels); can sign in with PlayStation Vue credentials on FX Now app
Free Trial: 5 days
How to Sign Up & Watch:
2. Click on “Start Free Trial” and then create an account
3. Select the channel package you want. There are four different options, all of which include FX
4. Enter your payment information. The “Access” package is the cheapest of the four packages at $29.99 per month, but it is $39.99 per month in select markets. If you cancel your subscription within five days of signing up, you will not be charged
5. Return to the PlayStation Vue website to start watching on your desktop. You can also watch via the PlayStation Vue app, which is available via a handful of different mobile or streaming devices. You can click here for the complete list of compatible devices