Finn Wittrock has boarded American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The news comes at a time when the show is really ramping up momentum, arriving right on the heels of the recently released first look cast photos. It also hits roughly a week after it was announced that the Versace premiere had been moved up to early 2018, bumping the previously scheduled Katrina to a later, yet-to-be-determined date.
As previously reported, Versace — which follows the series' acclaimed first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson — will focus on the now infamous murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss is set to star as Cunanan; Édgar Ramírez as Versace; Penelope Cruz as Gianni’s sister, Donatella; Ricky Martin as his longtime partner, Antonio D’Amico; and Max Greenfield as his older brother, Santo.
According to EW, Wittrock will play Jeff Trail, a friend of Andrew Cunanan but also his first victim. Though certainly the most publicized, Versace's murder was actually the final killing in Cunanan's 1997 spree, during which he murdered five people within a three-month period. Police were eventually able to track him down and corner him, but Cunanan shot himself as they moved in. Wittrock's character seems to suggest that the season will go beyond just Versace's death, but expand to the crimes leading up to it.
Longtime fans of Murphy will be quite familiar with Wittrock's work. He's been featured in three seasons of Murphy's horror anthology, American Horror Story, as well as Murphy’s 2014 film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. His AHS characters include both Tristan Duphy and Rudolph Valentino in Hotel, Jether Polk in Roanoke, and, most notably, petulant bankroller Dandy Mott in Freak Show. Outside of the Murphy-verse, he also held a longstanding role on All My Children, had a four-episode arc in Masters of Sex, and more recently nabbed turns in acclaimed bio drama The Big Short and awards darling La La Land.
That Wittrock signed on to Versace doesn't come as a surprise. Murphy frequently draws from a pool of past actors when casting new projects, and Versace is no exception — Criss was on Glee, Greenfield appeared in American Horror Story: Hotel — though it admittedly has a substantial troop of fresh faces. Nevertheless, Wittrock's performances in AHS have been wonderful, and it's encouraging that Murphy is keeping him in rotation.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace will air on FX in 2018.