Evan Peters Is Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy's Monster—But He Isn't the First to Play the Killer

Evan Peters will portray the infamous Milwaukee Cannibal for Ryan Murphy's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Plus, see the other celebrities who've played serial killers.

By Alyssa Ray Mar 24, 2021 6:38 PMTags
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A Monster in the making.

On Tuesday, March 23, the cast for Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan's new Netflix series, titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, was revealed. Per Variety, American Horror Story regular Evan Peters will play infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. We can't say we're surprised by this casting as Peters has tackled several murderous roles for Murphy on AHS, including Tate Langdon, James Patrick March and Charles Manson.

Joining Peters on Monster is Scream Queens alum Niecy Nash, who will play Glenda Cleveland. For those unfamiliar with the Dahmer case, Cleveland was a Milwaukee woman who reported the killer months before his July 1991 arrest.

Penelope Ann Miller also joins the cast as Joyce, Dahmer's mother, and will act opposite Richard Jenkins, who will play Lionel, her ex-husband and Dahmer's father. Shaun J. Brown and Colin Ford have also been named as co-stars.

Murphy's Monster will take a closer look at the dark crimes of Dahmer but, the story will be told through the perspective of his victims.

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As Variety reported in October 2020, the series will take a critical look at law enforcement as it will highlight the several instances where Dahmer was apprehended and let go.

Of course, Peters isn't the first actor to tackle the haunting Jeffrey Dahmer.

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For the stars who've played the cannibalistic killer and other famous serial killer portrayals, scroll through the images below!

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

Zac Efron portrayed prolific serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2019 film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Just before his execution, which took place in 1989, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides in the '70s.


Jeremy Renner as Jeffrey Dahmer

2002's Dahmer featured Jeremy Renner as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who is known for killing and dismembering almost 20 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Chad Michael Murray as Ted Bundy

Chad Michael Murray also stepped into Bundy's murderous shoes for the 2021 film Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman.

Joshua Jackson as Dr. Christopher Duntsch

Joshua Jackson embodied Texan neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch in 2021 Peacock series Dr. Death, inspired by the podcast of the same name.

Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer

Another Dahmer! In Marc Meyers' 2017 film My Friend DahmerRoss Lynch portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's high school days.

Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan

For The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime StoryDarren Criss left his Glee persona behind as he portrayed serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The performance earned Criss an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award.

Damon Herriman as Charles Manson

Damon Herriman has played infamous cult leader Charles Manson on not one, but two occasions. In Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood, Herriman is referred to as "Charlie." For a 2019 episode of Mindhunter, Herriman played Charles Manson for a scene opposite Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany.

Evan Peters as Charles Manson

In American Horror Story: Cult, the Manson family murders were recreated. For the scene, AHS lead Evan Peters channeled the infamous cult leader, Charles Manson.

Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper

Mindhunter does it again! Cameron Britton gave a bone-chilling portrayal as Ed Kemper on Netflix's Mindhunter.

John Cusack as Robert Hansen

In 2013's The Frozen Ground, John Cusack portrayed serial killer Robert Hansen (aka Butcher Baker). After abducting, raping and murdering at least 17 women, he was arrested and convicted in 1983.

Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy

Brian Dennehy played John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer and sex offender who murdered at least 33 young men/boys between 1972 and 1978, in a two-part television special in 1992.

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos

Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Monster, which came out in 2003, also stars Christina Ricci as a character based on Wuornos' ex-girlfriend Tyria Moore.

Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez

In season nine of American Horror Story, Zach Villa played real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez (aka Night Stalker). Ramirez terrorized Los Angeles and San Francisco residents between 1984 and 1985. The death row inmate died in prison in 2013.

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