The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the follow-up to 2016’s true crime drama The People vs OJ Simpson, debuted on BBC2 last night – and viewers were blown away by former Glee star Darren Criss’ striking performance.
The second series of American Crime Story centres around the killing of the legendary fashion designer, but his alleged murderer, 27-year-old socialite Andrew Cunanan, is the real focal point, as the show’s writers attempt to build a narrative around the crime and Cunanan’s personal life.
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Criss is undoubtedly brilliant in the role, creepy, manipulative and alluring all at once. Fans took to Twitter to lavish him with praise after episode one.
— Anna (@annactara) February 28, 2018
— James Burgess (@Jamesfilmcritic) March 1, 2018
— jαsє (@JAS0Ntweets) March 1, 2018
#ACSVersace is STUNNING. I totally underestimated Darren Criss…he has magic acting powers
— Erin King (@_erinking) February 28, 2018
— Andrew (@SilverFox0916) February 28, 2018
#ACSVersace Darren Criss is killing it! Super interesting and enticing story, I need more series of American Crime Story!
— Daniel (@ftdanieljames) February 28, 2018
— Stanners (@cheesecakebase) February 28, 2018
Just finished watching the 1st part on BBC iPlayer. I'm hooked, Darren Criss was superb as Andrew Cunanan
— Brit9 (@CumOnOver99) March 1, 2018
Enjoyed #acsversace but then I look a good old crime drama. Darren Criss is amazing, Penelope I barely recognised (then she spoke) and Ricky Martin was better than I expected
— Jo-Anne Rowney (@JoAnne_Rowney) February 28, 2018
Fans were also rather fond of Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella Versace, and are already hungry for more episodes.
Really wish @BBCTwo had made all eps of Assassination of Gianni Versace available for download. I’d have devoured it in one sitting. So old school having to wait for next week…
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) March 1, 2018
Penélope Cruz is SUUUUUCH A GODDESSSS her cast as Donatella Versace is just the best
— Sarah Carson (@carsonsarah) February 28, 2018
Penelope Cruz is everything in #ACSVersace
— Willy (@willyggh) February 28, 2018
Penelope Cruz has perfected Donatella – absolutely amazing! And also, Ricky Martin is fantastic. Can’t wait for next episode already #ACSVersace
— Alice Brown (@alicebrownnow) February 28, 2018
Really liked the first episode of The Assasination of Gianni Versace! Penelope Cruz is a revelation!!!! #AmericanCrimeStory
— Yusuf ?️? (@colouroffensive) February 28, 2018
— Kevin Hughes (@Popprince) February 28, 2018
The Assassination of Gianni Versace continues on BBC2 next Wednesday at 9pm