Evan Peters has played some unhinged characters over the years on “American Horror Story”, and for his next collab with “AHS” co-creator Ryan Murphy he’ll be playing a real-life maniac.
TVLine reported in March that Peters had signed on to play Jeffrey Dahmer in the Murphy-produced “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, a new limited series for Netflix.
On Wednesday, the first photo from the set of “Monster” emerged, showing Peters in costume as the notorious killer.
Back in April, Peters talked about the project with Variety, explaining his approach to the real-life material, “You can have all the backstory you want, but at the end of the day, we’re not making a documentary. It’s more about maintaining the idea and the through-line of why you’re telling the story and always having that as your guiding light.
“But there’s so much material for Dahmer that I think it’s incredibly important to make it really authentic.”
Richard Jenkins (“Six Feet Under”) will play Dahmer’s father, a chemist who taught his son to bleach and preserve animal bones — a skill that the notorious serial killer would eventually use on his victims. Penelope Ann Miller will play Dahmer’s mother.
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As TVLine reports, “Monster” will be told from “the perspective of Dahmer’s victims and will also look at the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree, with Dahmer repeatedly being nearly apprehended but then let go by a justice system that saw him as harmless.”
Murphy will be working with longtime writing partner Ian Brennan (who collaborated with Murphy on such previous Netflix projects as “Ratched”, “Hollywood”, and “The Politician”. David McMillan will also write on the project and serve as supervising producer. Carl Franklin (“Mindhunter”) will direct the pilot, with Janet Mock (who worked with Murphy on “Pose” and “Hollywood”) writing and directing several episodes.