Martin will play Versace’s gay lover


SINGER Ricky Martin is about to take on a major acting role as Gianni Versace’s gay lover in Ryan Murphy’s new series.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Martin will star as Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s partner for 15 years until the designer’s death in 1997, in Versace: American Crime Story.

media_cameraRicky Martin is set to star in the new Versace project. Picture: Supplied

media_cameraGianni Versace’s former boyfriend Antonio D’Amico. Picture: Supplied

D’Amico has had a tense relationship with Versace’s family, including sister Donatella (who will be played by Penelope Cruz).

“My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive. I respected him as the boyfriend of my brother, but I never liked him as a person. So the relationship stayed the same,” Donatella Versace said in 1999.

media_cameraGianni Versace and boyfriend Antonio D’amico. Picture: Supplied

Martin started his acting career as Miguel Morez in soap opera General Hospital from 1994-1995. Other than a one episode guest spot on Glee, also directed by Ryan Murphy, and a starring turn in Evita on Broadway, he hasn’t done too much acting.

media_cameraRicky Martin appears at the curtain call after his first performance in the new Broadway production of Evita in 2012. Picture: AP

media_cameraRicky Martin (Miguel) and Lily Melgar (Lily) in General Hospital in 1994. Picture: Supplied

Cruz was a surprise casting choice to play Donatella Versace.

Rumours had circulated that Ryan Murphy-favourite, Lady Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her work in Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel, would play the overly tanned designer.

media_cameraDonatella Versace, left, will be played by Penélope Cruz. Picture: AP

Cruz will join Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez, who has been cast as Gianni Versace.

Ramirez has made a name for himself in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, Joy and the Point Break remake.

media_cameraEdgar Ramirez will play Gianni Versace. Picture: Getty

media_cameraItalian fashion designer Gianni Versace after a show in Paris. 07/96. P/

Versace was killed by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who murdered at least five people in a three-month period in 1997, including Versace.

Cunanan, who was also gay, killed himself eight days after murdering Versace. A motive for the killing was never established.

Glee star Darren Criss has been cast as Cunanan.

media_cameraDarren Criss will play Andrew Cunanan. Picture: Getty

media_cameraGay male prostitute Andrew Cunanan in high school year book in 1987. Picture: Supplied

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