'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story' on Netflix: Everything We Know So Far

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story will see producer Ryan Murphy return to the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who previously appeared as a character in two episodes of his American Horror Story: Hotel. The Netflix series has just announced its cast, with Evan Peters, Niecy Nash and Richard Jenkins among those set to star in the true-crime show. The release date for the show is currently under wraps, but plot details have started to emerge.

Who is in the cast of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

Murphy regular Evan Peters is set to take the role of Dahmer, the serial killer who murdered and dismembered 17 men from the '70s to the '90s. Among the actors who have previously played the role include Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Ross Lynch, The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and Seth Gabel, who played the role in American Horror Story.

Peters, meanwhile, has appeared in eight of the nine seasons of American Horror Story so far, as well as Murphy's Pose. He also plays Quicksilver in the X-Men franchise, as well as in the recent WandaVision.

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Evan Peters of 'American Horror Story' is set to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. FX

Previously announced as playing Dahmer's father is Lionel is Richard Jenkins, the two-time Oscar-nominated star of The Shape of Water.

Playing the female lead of the show is Niecy Nash, the current Masked Singer host who appeared in Murphy's Scream Queens. She will play the female lead of Glenda Cleveland, a neighbor of the killer.

Also starring in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story are Carlito's Way star Penelope Ann Miller as Dahmer's mother Joyce, The Great Indoors' Shaun J. Brown as intended victim Tracy and Colin Ford of Daybreak as a character named Chazz.

What is the plot of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

Per Deadline, the show "chronicles the story of one of America's most notorious serial killers, 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 show is set to have 10 episodes, each of which will show a moment in which police almost apprehended Dahmer but then let him go.

Rashad Robinson of racial justice project Color of Change is acting as a supervising producer on the show, which is set to address the racial dynamics of both Dahmer's victims (many of whom are people of color) and the white privilege that the show will argue allowed the killer to get away with his crime for over a decade.

Deadline also notes how, "Monster's approach is psychological and focuses on how the murders were allowed to happen over more than a decade" and how the show will not emphasize "its sensational nature and gory details"—a welcome change for Murphy, whose shows like AHS and Ratched are well-known for their sensationalism and gore.

When is Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story out?

So far, no release date has been announced by Netflix for the series.

However, the show will have to contend with a number of other projects the producer has in development. As part of his Netflix deal, Murphy is making a biopic series about the designer Halston, as well as a miniseries based on A Chorus Line.

He is also working on an AHS spin-off American Horror Stories, Season 10 of AHS proper and the final season of Pose, as well as the Monica Lewinsky-focused "Impeachment" series of American Crime Story.

Peters has recently completed production on his HBO show Mare of Easttown, so filming may be able to start in 2021.