Ricky Martin Cast in "American Crime Story", Will Star in Reality Show

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Ricky Martin is returning to the small screen to play Gianni Versace's lover in Ryan Murphy's upcoming American Crime Story drama.

The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker has been cast alongside Penelope Cruz, Edgar Rarmirez, and Darren Criss in Versace: American Crime Story. He will portray Antonio D'Amico, who began dating the tragic fashion icon in 1982 and was his partner at the time of his death in 1997.

During their relationship, Antonio worked on Versace's Sport line and is now a fashion designer.

The casting reunites Ricky with Ryan, who first booked the singer to appear in musical TV series Glee.

Penelope Cruz signed on to replace Lady Gaga as Versace's sister Donatella last month, while Hands of Stone star Edgar will play Gianni. Criss has been cast as Versace's killer, Andrew Cunanan, in the 10-episode series, which will begin filming later this month in Los Angeles and Miami, Florida.

The third season of American Crime Story will focus on the 1997 murder. Murphy's drama has been adapted from journalist Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami mansion by serial killer Cunanan, who killed himself eight days later.

The series is scheduled to premiere next year.

Murphy's first American Crime Story series was last year's The People v. O.J. Simpson. The TV mogul is currently working on a second series, about the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which ripped areas of New Orleans, Louisiana apart in 2005.

In addition, Martin is heading to TV in a new reality series centered on his busy life as he juggles his Las Vegas concert residency.

The Ricky Martin Project will premiere in June and is described by producers as "a revealing, never been seen account of one of the most private and guarded global superstars of our time".

"With more than 85 million albums sold worldwide, 95 platinum records, and sold-out concerts in over 100 countries, Ricky Martin is truly an international icon," the statement continues. "The project will draw on his Vegas residence to illustrate his broader, fascinating, and inspiring journey from every pivotal era in his career to the most defining roles of his life."

The TV series will air on American network VH1. Ricky's residency in Sin City at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino kicked off earlier this month.

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