The upcoming second season of Netflix’s Ryan Murphy’s anthology series “Monster” has made an exciting casting decision that promises to bring an added layer of intrigue to the show. Fresh talents Cooper Koch and Nicholas Alexander Chavez, two promising actors, will be stepping into the roles of the notorious Menendez brothers, Erik and Lyle respectively.
Deadline was the first to break the casting news.
Following a captivating first season that delved into the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, “Monster” is shifting gears to explore the chilling story of the Menendez brothers. These siblings, who were convicted in 1996 for the murder of their parents, claimed their actions were driven by years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The case, which continues to evolve in real-time, recently took an unexpected twist when the Menendez brothers sought a new hearing based on allegations made by former Menudo band member, Roy Rosselló, against José Menendez.
As the extent of the Menendez brothers’ lives that will be featured in Season 2 remains a mystery, Netflix is simultaneously planning a documentary feature on the duo for a more comprehensive view of their lives and crimes. This dual narrative approach sets an interesting stage for the upcoming season.
The casting of Nicholas Chavez as Lyle Menendez is an inspired choice. A relative newcomer, Chavez quickly made a name for himself in the acting world with his riveting portrayal of the troubled Spencer Cassadine in the long-standing soap opera “General Hospital”. His excellent work in the show earned him a Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama and the 2021 Soap Hub Award for Favorite Newcomer. In 2023, he was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His rise to prominence was further highlighted when People Magazine featured him in their “People’s Ones to Watch” section in 2022.
Chavez, a Houston-born actor who grew up primarily in Denver, has always been drawn to performing. After spending some time at the Rutgers performing arts program, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. This dedication is clearly paying off as he navigates his way through the industry, recently appearing as Jason in the Tubi original film “Crushed”. Off-screen, Chavez enjoys playing chess and traveling, showcasing his diverse interests beyond acting.
Cooper Koch, who will be playing Erik Menendez, has also started making waves in the industry. Koch’s previous work includes a role in Season 1 of the Starz drama “Power Book II: Ghost,” and horror films “Swallowed” and “They/Them”.
Netflix and Murphy’s representatives have refrained from commenting on the casting, but it’s understood that the selections were finalized before the writer’s strike. Murphy, the co-creator of “American Horror Story,” hasn’t been involved in any project activities since the walkout. Despite this, the anticipation for “Monster” Season 2 continues to build, promising viewers a season that is as enthralling as it is chilling.