Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan have found their serial killer for the upcoming Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story as Deadline reports that American Horror Story star Evan Peters will play the infamous killer alongside a cast that includes Niecy Nash (Reno 911!), Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime), Shaun J. Brown (Future Man), Colin Ford (Daybreak) and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water).
Monster follows “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. 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.”
Nash will play the series’ female lead Glenda Cleveland, “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.” Brown will portrays Dahmer’s last intended victim Tracy, “who fought back and managed to escape, leading the cops to Dahmer’s apartment, resulting in the killer’s arrest.” Ford plays a character named Chazz while Miller and Jenkins will play Dahmer’s parents Joyce and Lionel respectively.
The pilot for the series will be directed by Carl Franklin (Mindhunter) with Janet Mock (Pose) writing and directing several episodes. The pair will also serve as executive producers alongside Murphy and Brennan.
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