Get ready for your next true crime obsession as these following famous faces will take on the most bone-chilling acting roles of their careers. These are all real-life stories and creepier than any work of fiction.
4. Stephen Merchant as Stephen Port
‘The Barking Murders’ will take a look at the aftermath of four murders carried out by serial rapist Stephen Port who will be portrayed by actor Stephen Merchant. Also known as ‘The Grindr Killer”, Port – who lived in Barking, London – received a life sentence in 2016. He was convicted of the murders of four young men in their 20s – Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor.
The first three victims were initially thought not to have died in suspicious circumstances and despite LGBT groups correctly believing there was a serial murderer at large, the police had led the public to believe the crimes were not linked.
Actress Sheridan Smith (The Moorside, Cleaning Up) also stars as the mother of murder victim Anthony Walgate.
She said, “I love playing real-life characters but with it comes responsibility. Along with the other families, (she) went through so much heartache and it would have been easy for her to just accept what she was being told by the police, but something inside made her keep fighting for her son.”
The three-part series is written by Jeff Pope and Neil McKay who also teamed up for ‘Appropriate Adult’ which looked at the story of serial killer Fred West. ‘The Barking Murders’ status on IMDB is currently in post-production and is expected late 2020 on BBC.
3. David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen
David Tennant will play serial killer Dennis Nilsen in a new ITV drama ‘Des’ about the crazed serial killer. Nilsen is often labeled ‘The British Jeffrey Dahmer’ as he murdered and dismembered at least 12 young men between 1978 and 1983 in London.
Nilsen had a strict ritual after the killings; he would strip and bathe the bodies, then dispose of them either at a bonfire or flushing the remains down the toilet. His crimes went undetected until a plumber noticed a flesh-like blockage in the drains which included bones.
When police inspected Nilsen’s home, they discovered three bodies and following a search of his previous address – eight further bodies were uncovered.
Executive producer Kim Varvell said, “Dennis Nilsen’s crimes shocked the nation in the early 1980s. Our program focuses on the emotional impact of those terrible crimes, both on those who came into contact with Nilsen himself, and also on the victims’ families.”
‘Des’ is expected September/October 2020 on ITV.
2. Leonardo Di Caprio as Dr. H. H. Holmes
The story of America’s first serial killer – Dr. Henry Howard Holmes – will be retold by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Di Caprio. Based on the best-selling book by the same name ‘The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America’ by Erik Larson, Holmes confessed to 27 murders and was executed for his crimes in 1896.
Holmes’ twisted ‘Murder Castle’ in Chicago was built with one purpose in mind – murder.
The official synopsis reads: “An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.”
DiCaprio acquired the book rights nearly a decade ago and there have been long-standing rumors that he would take on the role of Holmes himself. Now, the Academy Award-winning actor has made it ‘IMDB Official’ and his updated acting credits reveal that he is set to star as the twisted serial killer.
‘The Devil in the White City’ is expected late 2020 on Hulu.
1. Jamie Dornan as Christopher Duntsch
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) will star as Christopher Duntsch in ‘Dr. Death’. Duntsch was a Texas surgeon convicted of gross malpractice after thirty-one of his patients were left seriously injured after he operated on them, and two patients died during his operation. Based on the Wondery podcast of the same name, the series attracted over 50 million listeners since the first broadcast in 2018.
Duntsch was considered to be one of the greatest upcoming neurosurgery practitioners and he made bold statements to his colleagues such as: “Everybody’s doing it wrong. I’m the only clean minimally invasive guy in the whole state.” Dornan revealed during a ‘Death and Nightingales’ Q&A that he likes playing characters who are “difficult to figure out”.
He added, “If they are showing goodness or kindness on the screen or on the page, are we meant to believe that that is sincere, or is there something behind that? I love the idea of playing that.”
Other big stars who will join the cast are Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. The series will air late in 2020.