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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Sets FX Premiere Date

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” has an official premiere date on FX, the network announced Wednesday.

The second season of Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed anthology series will premiere on FX on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. It will explore the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed five other people that year. He committed suicide on a house boat eight days after killing Versace.

Edgar Ramirez will play Gianni Versace, “Glee” alum Darren Criss will portray Cunanan, Penelope Cruz is Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin will play Gianni’s partner, Antonio D’Amico.

Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Dan Minahan and Tom Rob Smith are executive producers on this season. It was written by Tom Rob Smith, and Murphy directed the premiere episode. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

The story of Versace’s death was originally meant to be the third season of the series, but it was bumped up to Season 2 while the season focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was pushed back to Season 3.

The “American Crime Story” franchise kicked off with “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which won nine Emmy Awards, plus the Golden Globe, BAFTA, AFI, PGA, WGA, and TCA awards, becoming perhaps the most critically-acclaimed series of 2016. Another future season of “American Crime Story,” which is undated, will explore the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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