Monster: Evan Peters to lead Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer miniseries for Netflix
Coming off his MCU debut in Disney+’s WandaVision, it looks like Evan Peters has found his next major TV project with long-time collaborator Ryan Murphy in the form of a brand new limited series. According to Deadline, the 34-year-old actor has officially signed on for the leading role in Netflix’s upcoming Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, centering around the horrors committed by the titular serial killer and told through the eyes of his victims. Peters and Murphy are currently in production for the upcoming tenth season of American Horror Story which will be titled as Double Feature.
In addition, fellow Murphy collaborator Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime), Shaun J. Brown (Run) and Colin Ford (Daybreak) have also been tapped to join previously announced cast member, Oscar winner Richard Jenkins. Nash is set to portray series’ female lead, Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer’s who called police numerous times about Dahmer’s erratic behavior. Miller and Jenkins will be playing Dahmer’s parents Joyce and Lionel while Brown and Ford are set as Tracy and Chazz.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers which will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree. Dahmer’s story has been adapted several times now with Jeremy Renner, Ross Lynch, Carl Crew, and Rusty Sneary previously portraying the infamous serial killer.
Known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, he became an active serial killer from 1978 up to 1991 where his later murders involved necrophilia and cannibalism. In 1991, he was finally caught when one of his supposed victims had escaped from his apartment and later brought back two police officers with him where they found polaroids of dismembered bodies and a kitchen full of human body parts.
The 10-episode limited series will be spanning from the 1960s to the 70s and 80s, up to the killer’s arrest. Monster is also expected to dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series will also touch on the subject of white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.
Monster is co-created and executive produced by longtime collaborators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan with Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) set as writers and directors. It will be produced by Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun of Ryan Murphy Prods. and Scott Robertson with David McMillan and Rashad Johnson of Color of Change set as supervising producers.
The limited series is the latest addition to Ryan Murphy’s long-list of ongoing projects that he is currently developing and producing for Netflix as part of his massive multi-year deal with the streaming service. These projects include the Halston biopic series starring Ewan McGregor, and A Chorus Line.