Evan Peters to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy series



Evan Peters has found his next killer project.

Peters is set to play the title character in the upcoming Netflix show “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” The limited series is created by Ryan Murphy (“Hollywood”) and his “Glee” collaborator Ian Brennan.

Peters, 34, is one of Murphy’s main muses and has acted in several of his projects, including “Pose” and “American Horror Story.”  Niecy Nash — the unforgettable star of another Murphy’s TV series, “Scream Queens” — has been cast as Glenda Cleveland, Dahmer’s neighbor who phoned the police — who didn’t believe her claims — about the serial killer’s crazy behavior.

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” will be told from the perspective of the infamous serial killer’s victims. The plot will begin in the 1960s with Dahmer’s early life and end with his arrest in 1991. According to Deadline, it will also focus on Dahmer’s “white privilege” and examine 10 instances in which law enforcement gave him “a free pass” after he “was almost apprehended but ultimately let go.”

Penelope Ann Miller will portray Dahmer’s mother, Joyce, while two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”) will play Dahmer’s father, Lionel. Shaun J. Brown will play one of Dahmer’s victims who fought back and managed to escape, ultimately leading to the killer’s arrest. Colin Ford is also set to play a character named Chazz.

Jeffrey Dahmer enters a courtroom in an undated photo. Convicted of killing 17 men and boys, he died in prison in 1994 at age 34.
Jeffrey Dahmer enters a courtroom in an undated photo. Convicted of killing 17 men and boys, he died in prison in 1994 at age 34.
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Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from 1978 until 1991. He was nicknamed the “Milwaukee Cannibal” and the “Milwaukee Monster.”  Aside from murder, he also committed necrophilia and cannibalism on many of his victims. He later died in 1994 at age 34 after being beaten by another inmate, Christopher Scarver. 

Dahmer’s crimes were previously depicted for film in 2017 when Disney Channel star Ross Lynch portrayed the murderer in “My Friend Dahmer.” In 2002, a biopic starring Jeremy Renner, simply titled “Dahmer,” hit the big screen.

The Dahmer series isn’t the only project currently in the works by Murphy. He also recently announced the official title for Season 10 of “American Horror Story,” his FX anthology series. “The title of American Horror Story 10 is Double Feature,” he wrote on Instagram. “Two horrifying stories…one season. One by the sea…One by the sand. More to come…” The “Nip/Tuck” producer also revealed that Kaia Gerber would be joining the “AHS” cast, which includes Peters, Macaulay Culkin, Adina Porter, Angelica Ross, Billie Lourd, Finn Wittrock, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson. 

Also in the works is Season 3 of his other FX anthology drama, “American Crime Story.” The upcoming installment, entitled “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” will follow former President Bill Clinton and his infamous cheating scandal. “The Sopranos” star Edie Falco has been cast as former first lady Hillary Clinton, while Clive Owen will play Bill Clinton.


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