‘American Crime Story’ switch: ‘Versace’ now season 2, ‘Katrina’ bumped to 2018

The upcoming second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” will now be “Versace,” which details the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace. “Katrina,” which had originally been scheduled as the second installment of this Emmy-winning anthology series, has been delayed to next year. It is set to document the devastating effects of the 2005 hurricane that struck New Orleans.

Edgar Ramirez will be Versace while Grammy winner Ricky Martin is to portray Antonio D’Amico, his longtime partner. Versace fell victim to serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in 1997. Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is to portray Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace.

Versace was shot outside of his Miami Beach mansion on July 15, 1997. In all, Cunanan is known to have killed five people over the course of a three-month period; the 27-year-old then committed suicide eight days after Versace’s murder. The limited series is based on Maureen Orth‘s book “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.”

“Katrina: American Crime Story” will explore Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, based on Douglas Brinkley‘s book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Annette Bening will star as Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, while Matthew Broderick has been cast as FEMA Director Michael D. Brown.

“The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the first edition of the popular franchise from producers from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, earned critical acclaim and swept the Emmys. It took home nine awards including Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor for Courtney B. Vance (as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran), Best Movie/Mini Actress for Sarah Paulson (as lead prosecutor Marcia Clark), and Best Supporting Actor for Sterling K. Brown (as prosecuting attorney Chris Darden).

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