Evan Peters to play Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix series Monster
James R | On 23, Mar 2021
Evan Peters will play Jeffrey Dahmer in Monster, a new series for Netflix.
Peters, who was most recently seen in WandaVision, has been a regular presence in American Horror Story since it began. Now, he’s reteaming with creator Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan for the new series, which is part of Murphy’s five-year deal with the streaming giant.
Monster tells the story of the notorious serial killer, who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991, many of them persons of colour and some underage. Convicted of 16 murders, he was beaten to death by another prison inmate in 1994 at the age of 34.
Crucially, however, the series will be told from the perspective of his victims, exploring the police apathy and incompetence, as well as the white privilege, that enabled the killer to continue his spree.
Peters will be joined by another previous Murphy collaborator, Niecy Nash, as the female lead, Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer’s who called police numerous times. Penelope Ann Miller and Richard Jenkins will play Dahmer’s parents, Joyce and Lionel, while Shaun J Brown will play Tracy, Dahmer’s last intended victim who managed to escape and lead the cops to his apartment.
Carl Franklin is directing the pilot episode, while Janet Mock will direct and write multiple episodes. Both will exec-produce alongside Murphy and Brennan, while David McMillan is on board as supervising producer. The series is one of Mock’s first projects under her overall deal with Netflix, having also served as an exec-producer on Hollywood.
The project follows a number of previous projects portraying Dahmer, with performers playing the killer including Jeremy Renner and Ross Lynch.
Netflix orders Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story from Ryan Murphy
6th October 2020
After turning his attention to Nurse Ratched, Ryan Murphy is reteaming with Netflix for a series about Jeffrey Dahmer.
Netflix has given the green light to Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, reports Deadline, a limited series that will tell the story of the notorious serial killer. Known as the Milwaukee Monster, Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991 and, once caught and sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment, was later beaten to death by another inmate in 1994.
Dahmer has been portrayed several times on the screen, including by Jeremy Renner in 2002 film Dahmer and, most recently, by Ross Lynch in My Friend Dahmer about him as a high school student. Ryan Murphy’s series will focus on the perspective of his victims. It will ask how the police allowed the Wisconsin killer to remain at large for years, dramatising at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost caught.
Murphy will co-create the show with longtime collaborator Ian Brennan, with Carl Franklin (Mindhunter, The Leftovers) directing and Janet Mock (Pose, Hollywood) writing and directing.
They have already found one of their cast members: Richard Jenkins, who will play Dahmer’s father, Lionel. As for the role of Jeffrey, a casting search is currently underway, along with a hunt for someone to play the lead female role of Glenda Cleveland, Dahmer’s neighbour who repeatedly tried to warn the police but was ignored.
Monster is the latest project under Murphy’s overall deal with Netflix, following The Politician, Ratched, The Boys in the Band and Hollywood, with Halston and The Prom both on the way. It is also one of Mock’s first projects under her overall deal with Netflix, having also served as an exec-producer on Hollywood.