Darren Criss Andrew Cunanan

Darren Criss Cast as Andrew Cunanan in FX's Versace: American Crime Story

Darren Criss is fast becoming TV’s go-to villain.

The Glee alum — who was recently cast as the Big Bad Music Meister in The CW’s two-part Supergirl/The Flash musical event — has signed on to star in FX’s forthcoming Versace-themed edition of American Crime Story as serial killer Andrew Cunnan.

People's 'Ones to Watch' Party, Los Angeles, America - 16 Sep 2015Additionally, Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, Carlos) has been tapped to play Gianni Versace.

As previously reported, the 10-episode third season of Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning anthology will center on the July 1997 assassination of the legendary designer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Cunanan. One week later, Cunanan would take his own life. The season will be based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

The search continues for an actress to play Gianni’s sister Donatella, a role Murphy recently confirmed would not be filled by doppelganger Lady Gaga.

Production on Versace: American Crime Story begins next month and will likely be completed ahead of the franchise’s Katrina-themed second season. The Katrina edition, however, will still air before the Versace installment (although both will likely be held until 2018).

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34 Comments
  1. It’s chill that Darren Criss is going to play a Filipino American character. Just wonderful. So progressive.

  2. John036 says:

    So any casting updates on season 2 besides Annette Bening? And are the productions for season 2 and 3 going to be going on at the same time?

  3. Becca says:

    Did he learn how to act in the time Glee’s been off air?

  4. Superwoman says:

    He’s pretty and all…and loved him on Glee but he cannot act!

    • Ummm…I beg to differ but his credentials also disagree with you:

      “Musical and theatrical training”: Criss’ interest in music started in his early childhood; at the age of five he began taking violin lessons and was classically trained for the next fifteen years.[7][9] Criss taught himself how to play other instruments, including the guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, and drums.[10][11] In high school, Criss immersed himself in the music scene – he held the position of concertmaster in the school orchestra, he fronted his own band, and was voted “most likely to win a Grammy” by his peers.[12][13] By age fifteen, he began delving into music composition and wrote his first song, which he later used as the title track of his first EP Human, released in 2009.[14]

      Criss also demonstrated an affinity for the performing arts. At the age of ten, he was accepted into the American Conservatory Theater (Young Conservatory program) where he studied theater performance throughout his formative years.[15] At St Ignatius he was a member of the performing arts program and acted in theater classics such as The Music Man, The Diary of Anne Frank,[16] and Fiddler on the Roof.[17] He was active as both an actor and director in the University of Michigan’s student-run theater organization Basement Arts.[18] In 2008, he spent a semester abroad studying Italian theater at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.[19

      Wikipedia

  5. T.W.S.S. says:

    1. Why not air the Versace season first if it’s production is further ahead?

    2. Most network shows still follow the 20+ episode format, so they’re only off air for a few months each year, but a small (growing?) number of cable shows (like Westworld) are willing to go over a year without new episodes.

  6. Michael says:

    Why don’t they just switch the season ? Great casting so far.

  7. shawn says:

    Figures that they’d go for someone more white-passing than Cunanan himself was, I had hopes for an unknown that could really benefit from a role like this but I’m not surprised..

  8. Becca says:

    Actually, now that I think about it Conrad Ricamora would have been 100x better for this part, both physically and acting-wise.

    • teeveenerd says:

      Agreed! I’ll watch it with Criss, but Ricamora would have been amazing.

    • shawn says:

      practically the spitting image actually! wow…
      but perhaps his HTGAWM contract would have stopped it from happening though

      • drake4e says:

        I don’t think it would be a problem since Jack Falahee gets to film a period drama (PBS’s Mercy Street) when HTGAWM is on hiatus. But that’s only 6 episodes per season, so idk. Maybe it’s a scheduling conflict because Conrad Ricamora is committed to a musical run of Here Lies Love from April 7 to May 28, 2017.

    • drake4e says:

      Me, too! I was really hoping Murphy would’ve gotten in contact with Conrad Ricamora’s team since he won’t be filming HTGAWM in the spring.

  9. Jim says:

    Just knowing his annoying fan base will flood any fan board makes me less interested. That and his not very good.

  10. drake4e says:

    Should’ve cast Conrad Ricamora from ‘How To Get Away With Murder’! He bares more of a resemblance. Oh, well.

  11. Jackie says:

    All the haters on here. Darren Criss is talented as Hell! I’ve seen him in various roles. Don’t like him, why bother to comment? And Darren is half Filipino as well! Ryan Murphy knows exactly what he’s doing. Congrats Darren!

  12. Steve F. says:

    Perfect casting choice – especially as like Andrew Cunanan, Darren Criss is half Filipino.