Darren Criss to play Gianni Versace’s killer in FX’s ‘Versace: American Crime Story’
Darren Criss will soon be playing a very different gay man than he played on Glee.
Criss has been cast as serial killer Andrew Cunanan whose victims included famed clothing designer Gianni Versace.
He will play Cunanan in Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series for FX.
Versace will be portrayed by Edgar Ramirez who recently starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the feature film Gold.
Versace was assassinated on the front steps of his mansion in Miami Beach in 1997 by Cunanan.
The designer was Cunanan’s fifth and final victim in a nationwide killing spree. Cunanan killed himself eight days after Versace’s murder as police closed in on him.
On Glee, Criss was clean-cut, sweet-natured gay high student Blaine Anderson involved in a romance with Chris Colfer’s Kurt Hummel.
He showed a far edgier side when he took on the title role of a transgender rocker in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The first season of American Crime Story was about the OJ Simpson murder trial and the upcoming second season which will be about aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.