Evan Peters is reuniting with Ryan Murphy. Deadline reports that the actor will be playing the Milwaukee Cannibal himself, Jeffrey Dahmer in Netflix’s limited series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
What sets this adaptation apart from previous efforts like 2002’s Dahmer with Jeremy Renner is that the tale will be told from the point of view of the notorious serial killer’s victims. Murphy’s production will also be focusing on the ineptitude of the Milwaukee police department which enabled the murderer to commit his heinous crimes for years.
The cast of this upcoming effort is definitely prestigious. Veteran character actor, Richard Jenkins is set to portray Jeffrey’s father, Lionel and joining him as his wife, Joyce is Penelope Ann Miller. Reno 911 and Claws alum, Niecy Nash is onboard as Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of Dahmer’s who repeatedly contacted the police and the FBI to alert them to the deviant behavior of the psychopath.
Actor Shaun Brown has been tapped for the role of Tracy; Jeffrey’s last intended victim who managed to escape his fate. Monster is a 10-episode series that will span three decades (60’s, 70’s, 80’s) and will culminate with Dahmer’s arrest in the 90’s.
While we are all familiar with the grotesque details of dismemberment, cannibalism and necrophilia involving Jeffrey’s fatalities, Murphy is approaching the source material from a psychological perspective rather than turning it into an outright gory horror exercise.
Murphy’s long-time collaborator, Ian Brennan will pen several episodes along with Janet Mock and David McMillan. Carl Franklin directs the pilot and Mock will also jump behind the camera for a couple of shows.
At this point in time, no information on when production will begin is available but you can bet that Murphy and Evan Peters’ fans will have Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on their radars.