My Friend Dahmer gives a different look at the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer who murdered 17 men between 1978 and 1991. In his nonfiction graphic novel, Derf Backderf tells of his his high school friendship with Dahmer. The book is now being made into a film written and directed by Marc Meyers. And who is playing the role of Dahmer? Disney actor Ross Lynch known for his work on Teen Beach Movie and Austin & Ally. Some of the film was shot in the actual house where Dahmer grew up!
Director Meyers said of the project:
“It’s the story before the story we’re all familiar with. The book is this haunting, sad, funny, true look at Jeffrey Dahmer’s high school years, growing up in the suburbs of Akron, Ohio, in the mid-to-late ’70s — and that’s exactly what this film has become. I went through an exhaustive search to find an actor who I believed could play the role of Jeff Dahmer as a high school kid. I must have met with over 80 actors for the two main teen roles. I just locked into Ross when I met him. I felt that he both had the versatility as an actor and the look. I thought it was exciting that he was just ending his run as the lead of a Disney show and was the lead of their Teen Beach Movie franchise — but he looks like Jeff! And then, even more so, when you put some glasses on him.”
The film, produced by Adam Goldworm, Marc Meyers, Jody Girgenti, Milan Chakraborty and Michael Merlob, also stars Anne Heche, Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts, Cameron McKendry, Christopher Mele, Tommy Nelson, Jack DeVillers and Harrison Holzer. My Friend Dahmer will make its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in the VIEWPOINTS Program. Check out this first look at Lynch in the role: