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FX Unveils First Teaser For The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Gunshots pierce the silence around an idyllic Miami mansion as doves take flight in the first teaser for FX's upcoming miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The second season of the American Horror Story sister series, Versace will tell the story surrounding the 1997 murder of a monumentally influential fashion designer. Versace was fifty years old when he was gunned down outside of his home as the fifth and final victim of spree killer Andrew Cunanan, and the short teaser for the new series features an offscreen portrayal of that moment. 

Zoomed in on the gates of the designer's house, now a luxury hotel called the Villa Casa Casuarina, the teaser starts with what seems to be a portrait of walled-off luxury, before the crack of two gunshots is heard from somewhere close nearby. According to Variety, the series will begin with the designer's murder before working backward to establish the details of his lavish life, and the life and motives of his killer. 

Versace: American Crime Story will run for ten episodes, with its story based on the nonfiction book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. It follows the critically-acclaimed first season of the true-crime anthology, The People vs. OJ Simpson, which won a number of Emmy awards in 2016. It will be followed by a third season focusing on the events of Hurricane Katrina.

The new season premieres on FX in January 2018, starring Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as the man who killed him. Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin will also star, with Cruz playing Versace's sister Donatella and Martin playing Versace's partner Antonio. 

We'll have more details on the series as they develop. If you're in the mood for more mingling of murder and show business, check out our feature on movies that led to real-life violence.