LONG BEACH — The Silver Fox will be closed Wednesday as film crews return to shoot scenes for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
The iconic gay bar is substituting for a Miami Beach location in the Ryan Murphy anthology.
Crews were on location at the bar in July for two days of shooting.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” will focus on the life and murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997, by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed five other people that year. Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat eight days after killing Versace.
RICKY MARTIN STARS
The series stars Edgar Ramirez (Gianni Versace), “Glee” alum Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Penelope Cruz (Versace’s sister, Donatella), and Ricky Martin (Gianni’s lover, Antonio D’Amico), in his first gay TV role.
Versace will be killed in the first episode of the series, which is scheduled to air in January 2018, and then the story will go back and explain Cunanan’s motive, Ryan Murphy told Daily Variety.
‘VERSACE DIDN’T HAVE TO DIE’
“It’s more than why he was killed. It’s why it was allowed to happen,” Murphy told the publication.“We’re not just doing a crime. We’re trying to talk about a crime within a social idea.”
“One of the reasons Andrew Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off his victims, many of whom were gay, was because of homophobia at the time,” Murphy told Daily Variety. “Versace didn’t have to die.”