American Crime Story Cast Comparison Essay

American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is one of the most highly-anticipated TV series of 2018. The latest installment follows the life and murder of fashion icon, Gianni Versace and his killer, Andrew Cunanan. Donatella Versace (Gianni's sister), Antonio D'Amico (Gianni's boyfriend) and Jeffrey Trail (one of Cunana's closest friends and first victim) also feature heavily in the show.

Aside from exploring one of fashion's most famous crimes, the all-star cast (including Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin) is yet another reason to watch the brand new series. In fact, the actors in the series resemble their real life counterparts so well, some comparisons are uncanny.

Premiering in the US overnight, the series is expected to make it's Australian debut in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are the actors alongside the real people they were cast to portray.

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Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace

Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan

Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace

Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico

Finn Wittrock as Jeffrey Trail

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The show will air on BBC Two tonight (Wednesday, February 28) at 9pm and will run for a total of nine episodes.

Episode one is called The Man Who Would Be Vogue and opens with the brutal murder of the fashion designer. Again, the drama has been brought from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. 

The Assassination of Gianni Versace dramatises the investigation into his death. He was murdered outside his Miami home in 1997.

Versace is played by Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez and is joined by Hollywood star, Penelope Cruz who plays his sister Donatella.

In order to look more like Donatella Versace, Penelope Cruz dyed her dark tresses blonde and worked with a dialogue coach to achieve her 90’s Italian accent.

Ricky Martin returns to our TV screens as Versace’s boyfriend, fashion designer Antonio D'Amico for the first time since he starred in General Hospital in the 1990’s.

Look through the gallery to compare the cast and historic photographs of the fashion designer and his friends and family.

The gallery compares Penelope Cruz and Donatella Versace; Darren Criss and Andrew Cunanan; Ricky Martin and Antonia D'Amico; Giovanni Cirfiera and Santo Versace; and Will Chase and Detective Paul Scrimshaw.

The Golden globe winning show airs in the UK on 28 February, BBC Two at 9pm.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will air on BBC Two tonight at 9pm.

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