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Evan Peters cast as Jeffrey Dahmer

Evan Peters cast as Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix series

The American Horror Story actor will play the titular serial killer across from Niecy Nash, in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Evan Peters has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The longtime American Horror Story actor will play the titular role in the new series, which is set to largely present the story from the perspective of the notorious killer’s victims.

Created alongside Murphy’s Glee and Hollywood collaborator Ian Brennan, the show will also star Scream Queens’ Niecy Nash as a neighbour that alerted police about Dahmer’s behaviour, only to have her suspicions dismissed, alongside the previously announced Richard Jenkins (of The Shape of Water and Miranda July’s Kajillionaire) as Dahmer’s father. Penelope Ann Miller has been cast as his mother, according to Variety.

Details of Monster release last year revealed that it will focus on the police incompetence and apathy that allowed Dahmer to maintain a killing spree from the late 1970s to the early 90s, in which time he killed 17 male victims. It will also touch on the killer’s white privilege, documenting at least 10 times that he was apprehended but not prosecuted.

Recently, the prolific Ryan Murphy has also announced the title of American Horror Story’s tenth season, starring newcomer Macaulay Culkin alongside fan favourites including Peters and Sarah Paulson. Earlier this month, he additionally teased an upcoming American Horror Story spinoff, in the form of an anthology series titled American Horror Stories, which will delve into “horror myths, legends and lore”.

Evan Peters also featured in a recurring role in Murphy’s FX drama Pose. The showrunner recently announced that the groundbreaking series is set to end after season three, saying: “We got to tell the exact story we wanted, as we wanted to tell it, and I’m incredibly honored and grateful.”