Actor Evan Peters is no stranger to the horror genre, having been one of the primary cast members of the seasonal anthology series American Horror Story. Now he’ll be teaming up yet again with AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy on his latest project, the upcoming Netflix series Monster. According to a new announcement, Evan Peters will be playing none other than real life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Monster.
As revealed via Deadline:
“Monster chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers (Peters), 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.”
They also further explained the structure of the series, and revealed that it will recreate a variety of instances where Jeffrey Dahmer was nearly apprehended but always got away. As explained:
“The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series also is expected to touch on 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.”
Aside from Evan Peters, the series Monster will also include another American Horror Story cast member – Niecy Nash. She’ll be playing “the series’ female lead, Glenda Cleveland.” It’s been stated that she is “a neighbor of Dahmer’s who called police numerous times and even tried calling the FBI to alert them of Dahmer’s erratic behavior, to no avail.”
Here are the complete descriptions for the other cast members:
- “Miller and Jenkins play Dahmer’s mother Joyce and father Lionel, respectively.
- “Brown portrays Tracy, Dahmer’s last intended victim who fought back and managed to escape, leading the cops to Dahmer’s apartment, resulting in the killer’s arrest.
- “Ford plays Chazz.”
Carl Franklin will direct the pilot episode for the 10-episode limited series. It’s been stated that Monster will cover four decades of Dahmer’s life – the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, all up to his arrest in the 1990’s.