'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' Releases Chilling First Teaser

Titled 'Doves Preview', the 20-second chilling teaser opens with a shot of Gianni Versace's front gates of his lavish mansion in Miami with numerous doves perched on it.

AceShowbiz - "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" has unveiled the first teaser for viewing pleasure. It offers the first glimpse at the upcoming installment of Ryan Murphy's anthology series.

Titled "Doves Preview", the 20-second chilling teaser opens with a shot of Gianni Versace's front gates of his lavish mansion in Miami. Numerous doves are seen peacefully cooing and perched on the gates. That peaceful moment ends after two gunshots ring out, making the doves scatter. A haunting music can be heard backing up the second gunshot before the screen slowly goes red toward the end of the video.

The highly-anticipated new season features star-studded cast members, with Edgar Ramirez portraying Gianni Versace. Penelope Cruz will play Donatella Versace, while Darren Criss will take the role of Gianni's murderer Andrew Cunanan. Also starring on "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" is Ricky Martin as Gianni's longtime partner Antonio D'Amico.

Based on the book "Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History" by Maureen Orth, the second season of the FX anthology series will center on the assassination of Gianni Versace in Miami in July 1997. Serial murderer Cunanan, who killed five people that year, committed suicide eight days later on a house boat.

"Versace" initially was planned to air as season 3 of "American Crime Story" following "Katrina". However, the latter was pushed back from an early 2018 to late 2018 premiere, making "Versace" fill the season 2 slot.

The shift was needed as "Katrina" underwent major changes both with its source material and cast. Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and Dennis Quaid were no longer attached to the retooled "Katrina", forcing the series to re-cast some of key characters, including President George W. Bush, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown.

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace" will arrive sometime in 2018 on FX.

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