The follow-up series to Ryan Murphy’s hugely successful show Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has cast the pivotal lead roles for its second season. Acting as an anthology series, season two will focus on the 1989 murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez via their two sons Lyle and Erik, and will be titled Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story.
Now the production has taken a pivotal step forward by casting the titular lead characters. Cooper Koch will take on the role of Erik, while Nicholas Alexander Chavez will portray his brother Lyle. Koch is a familiar face to genre fans, having recently appeared in 2022’s They/Them for Blumhouse and the critically lauded Swallowed. Chavez is best known for starring in over 250 episodes of the American soap opera General Hospital, with the 2022 film Crushed being his only feature credit so far.
The first season of Monster was one of the biggest hits of Murphy’s career thus far. The series starred Evan Peters as Milwaukie serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. Upon release, the series almost immediately became a phenomenon for Netflix, ranking at the time as their third most successful English-language show in history. No small feat, however this has currently been surpassed by 2022’s Wednesday and Stranger Things 4. However, the numbers were more than enough for the streaming service to order two more seasons back in May, thus allowing Murphy to proceed with his true-crime based anthology pitch.
It is highly likely more casting announcements will surface as Monsters looks to fill time, the WGA Strike is currently preventing most things in Hollywood commencing production. We will bring you any updates as soon as we have them, no doubt Murphy will have a surprise or two for us in there.