It appears that Darren Criss likes to be bad… very bad and his fans are certainly not complaining.
Having just wrapped on filming DC’s musical villain, the Music Meister in The CW’s two-part Supergirl/The Flash musical extravaganza in Vancouver, news dropped yesterday that the Glee alum and Broadway star would be adding serial killer to his repertoire. Criss will be teaming up with his former Glee boss Ryan Murphy for the third season of his crime anthology series American Crime Story.
Before season 1’s critically successful and award-winning The People v O.J. Simpson premiered, a second season set around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was already talked about. Although production on this season has yet to commence, news of a third season renewal with a focus on the murder of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace was announced in October last year.
Based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors, the 10-episode third season will look at the assassination of the designer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in July 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. This was followed up a week later with Cunanan committing suicide in a house boat as the Miami police were moving in to capture him. Versace was his fifth and last victim.
Criss will be starring as Cunanan with Point Break’s Edgar Ramirez tipped to star as Versace. There is no word yet on who will play his famous sister, Donatella, though Murphy confirmed last month that Lady Gaga would not be taking on the role, much to the disappointment of many. She would have been amazing. Given the success of The People v O.J. Simpson, this could be a pivotal and potentially award-winning role for Criss, something we here at 4YE would love to see.
Good news: the production begins next month so we can hopefully get some glimpses into the world of Versace through Criss’ social media and news from the set. Bad news: the Katrina-centric season is still likely to air first followed some six months later by the Versace installment. Even worse… we will almost certainly have to wait till 2018 for both!
To get your first taste of a villainous Darren Criss, tune into Supergirl on Monday March 20, followed by The Flash on Tuesday March 21.