It was announced Monday that distributor FilmRise has acquired the North American rights to My Friend Dahmer. The movie stars Disney veteran Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) as the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. The Tribeca Festival-screened film is slated for a theatrical release this coming fall.
My Friend Dahmer is adapted from the graphic novel by the killer’s real-life acquaintance Derf Backderf and is directed by Marc Meyers. In the film, Lynch portrays Dahmer as a teenager, before he had killed the first of his victims. The movie costars Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser, Anne Heche, and Dallas Roberts.
“My Friend Dahmer is basically the coming of age story of Jeffrey Dahmer,” Lynch told EW last month. “I play Jeffrey Dahmer around his high school years. [It’s about] how he became the serial killer that we know him to be. I was looking for a role that would somewhat be a challenge for me. I had done a lot of work with Disney, and sort of a younger demographic, and I was excited to do something that maybe people didn’t expect from me. And I had a really good time doing it.”
“Marc has created a haunting, heartbreaking, and totally unexpected exploration of one of the most notorious figures in American crime history,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, in a statement. “We are beyond thrilled to bring this powerful film — and Ross Lynch’s incredible performance as Dahmer — to audiences in the fall.”
“I have to thank Derf for entrusting me with his story,” says Meyers. “It’s a powerful book, which has deeply resonated with loads of people of many ages here and abroad. When we first met, he signed my hardcover copy, ‘Don’t f–k it up!!!, Derf.’ Adapting it has been an extraordinary experience and wonderful challenge. And now, I’m very thrilled to collaborate with our new friends over at FilmRise.”