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“Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story”: What to Know About the Ryan Murphy Show

Ryan Murphy's anthology series 'Monster' is returning for season 2

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Ryan Murphy is telling the chilling true story of Lyle and Erik Menéndez with the upcoming season of Monster.

After documenting Jeffrey Dahmer’s murders with Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the anthology series is set to explore the Menéndez brothers’ crimes in the upcoming second installment.

Playing the infamous brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents are newcomers Nicholas Alexander Chavez and Cooper Koch, who will star as Lyle and Erik Menéndez, respectively.

The first season of Monster became one of Netflix's most-streamed series ever — with 1 billion hours watched in only 60 days. Peters took home an outstanding actor Golden Globe award for his performance in the dark drama.

While the series made headlines for its ratings, it also received negative attention when viewers slammed director Murphy and Netflix for dramatizing the story despite some backlash from the families of Dahmer's victims. Murphy later stated he'd reached out to living victims of Dahmer and received no response.

Here’s everything to know about the upcoming season of Monster.

Who is in the cast of Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story?

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Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty; Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Nicholas Alexander Chavez and Cooper Koch will star as Lyle and Erik Menéndez, respectively. Chavez has gained critical acclaim for his role as Spencer Cassadine on General Hospital, including winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series. Meanwhile, Koch is best known for his recent roles in the horror films Swallowed and They/Them.

In January 2024, Netflix announced that Javier Bardem and Chloë Sevigny would be playing Jose and Kitty Menéndez, who were murdered by their sons on Aug. 20, 1989.

What is Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story about?

<p>AP Photo/Nick Ut</p>

AP Photo/Nick Ut

The second installment of the hit drama series will follow the real-life story of the Menéndez brothers, including the 1989 murder of their parents and their murder trial which made headlines in the early ‘90s.

When does Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story film?

In July 2023, TV Line reported that Chavez would be taking a temporary leave of absence from General Hospital as he films the new series, however, production was stalled amid the WGA and SAG strikes.

In January 2024, filming for the show appeared to commence as Chavez and Koch were spotted on set in Los Angeles, according to photos obtained by The Daily Mail.

Is there a trailer for Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story?

Though Netflix hasn’t released an official trailer for the new series, they did share a teaser in May 2023 when they announced the show. The clip depicts the hectic 911 call made by Joseph Lyle Menéndez and Erik Galen Menéndez.

When will Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menéndez Story be released?

Netflix previously stated that the new season of Monster would arrive in 2024. However, an official release date hasn’t been announced.

Will there be a season 3 of Monster?

The anthology series has already been renewed for a third season, though no further details about it have been revealed.

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