If you are an avid fan of all #RyanMurphy-related #TV projects, then you have probably kept a close eye on the announcements regarding the upcoming installments of American Crime Story. The first season of the crime anthology centered around the trial of O.J. Simpson and featured a star-studded cast that included Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. The series received critical acclaim and crushed competitors during the awards season, leaving fans anxious for more.
The second season was reportedly centering around the events of Hurricane Katrina, but details regarding the installment have been few and far between. Meanwhile, the third season — featuring the murder of Gianni Versace — has been steaming along in production, as photos and filming details have been released. Now it all makes sense, as FX has officially made the decision to bump the Katrina season and use The Assassination of Gianni Versace as the series' second installment.
The season, which will now air in early 2018, focuses on the titular designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, and his murder by gunman Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). The show will also star Penelope Cruz as Gianni's sister, Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin as Versace's boyfriend, Antonio D’Amico.
The decision comes to no surprise, as little progress has been made with Katrina other than the casting news: the season will star Annette Bening as Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana during and after Katrina; Matthew Broderick as Michael D. Brown, the FEMA director; and Dennis Quaid as President George W. Bush. It will also include ACS alums Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Sterling K. Brown in unspecified roles.
But does this change in seasons imply a cause for concern with the installment? Production would undeniably be on a larger scale than the other seasons, due to the magnitude of the New Orleans tragedy, so it makes sense that delays would arise.
Katrina will begin production in early 2018 as Versace is airing on FX.
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