ByStephen Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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Ryan Murphy has made waves this week after confirming that the upcoming seventh season of American Horror Story will focus on the recent presidential election, however that's not the only Murphy related news that we've been given. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glee graduate Darren Criss will be starring as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the third season of Murphy's other hit series American Crime Story.

The third season of the award winning drama will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace — who was shot dead by Cunanan — back in 1997. The project will reunite Murphy with Criss who starred as Blaine Anderson on Murphy's hugely popular musical drama Glee for five seasons, as well as making a one off appearance in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Criss is having no shortage of work since Glee ended having starred on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Itch and it was recently announced that he will star as comic book villain The Music Meister in the Supergirl and The Flash musical crossover episode, reuniting him with his Glee castmates Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist —That's definitely something to sing about.

Despite only having aired the first, the Versace themed third season of American Crime Story will go into production next month. The first season focused on the murder trial of OJ Simpson — subtitled The People V. OJ Simpson — and was a huge success, winning several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards and Sarah Paulson's performance as Marcia Clark was universally praised.

[Credit: FX]
[Credit: FX]

Paulson — who had previously starred on every season of American Horror Story and will be returning for the seventh — had been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes several years in a row yet it was her killer performance as Clark in American Crime Story that finally landed her these prestigious awards.

The second season of American Crime Story will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and will air in 2018, quickly followed by the Versace season. Murphy also recently confirmed that he's interested in exploring the scandal between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton in the fourth season if the FX hit should be renewed again, using Jeffrey Toobin's A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President as inspiration.

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A New Role For Darren Criss

Criss starred on "Glee" in a lead role. [Credit: FOX]
Criss starred on "Glee" in a lead role. [Credit: FOX]

While on , Criss proved on a number of occasions that he is capable of a vast range of emotions and this was often conveyed through musical performances. His character Blaine Anderson quickly became iconic, mainly because of his relationship with Kurt Hummel. Blaine was one half of the 'Klaine' relationship with Kurt and this pairing became arguably the biggest relationship in history and certainly influenced the gay onscreen relationships of today's television. In the final season, Criss wrote a number of songs for the show including "This Time" which was performed by Lea Michele in the final ever episode of the musical dramedy.

Because of how iconic the Blaine character has become, it'll be interesting to see Criss take on a completely different role. Blaine was often upbeat and funny whereas his new role in Crime Story will be located somewhere on the opposite end of the spectrum. Moreover, this is the first regular role that the young actor has had since the conclusion of Glee so we'll have plenty of poortunity to watch him in character over the course of the ten episodes. It'll be a change seeing him star in such a dark role, not to mention the fact that we'll have to put aside all knowledge of his incredible musical talent.

This isn't the first time Criss has showed us his dark side. Watch him sing about in this clip from Glee:

Ryan Murphy's constant use of the same actors in different roles has paid off really well in the past — who could forget Jessica Lange's equally complex yet totally different characters on American Horror Story? — so I have no doubt that Criss will excel in the role of Cunanan. There's no doubt that he'll bring out his dark side and I can't wait to see him in action when American Crime Story returns to tell us the story behind the death of Gianni Versace.

American Crime Story will return in 2018. Do you think Darren Criss is a good choice for Andrew Cunanan or will he always be Blaine Anderson to you? Tell us in the comment section below.

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